With the idea that artists are a mirror of their culture, my paintings represent media influences through the lens of the looking glass.These paintings explore the earth because we deal with an obsession with technology while attempting connect with celestial realms. They transcend Stepford because we are transforming the definition of relationship while trying to swim with mermaids.
With each painting, I have the opportunity to create a world that can challenge the influx of information presented by the media. My process takes that everyday noise and transforms it into mindfully thought-provoking pieces. Through hours of processing media and compiling still images, digital studies are created and then transformed into realistic paintings.
Born in Hawaii to my Indian father and Cuban mother, I was spirited away from these magical lands before the age of eight to grow in the suburbs of Central Florida. Since then, I've had a fascination with visiting other realms. Lewis Carroll's Wonderland and J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World have always made perfect sense to me.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.