A curated selection of ongoing and finished artwork.

Below you will find artwork for Finished Pieces, Commissioned Murals, Finished Series and Series in Progress.

 

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Finished Pieces

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Commissioned Murals

 
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Staircase Mural for Charity

The MuHsiang orphanage in Taipei partnered with Bright Side Projects to transform an old elementary school into their new home. Their mission is to provide homes for children affected by domestic violence. They began their journey of beautifying their new space by inviting artists to create site-specific pieces.

Acrylic on concrete. Taipei, Taiwan. 2014.

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Backyard Mural for Private Residence

The family's love of nature, and the ocean, brought me to create a piece that reflects the kind of things you would see if you were underwater…sea forms and shapes embracing, tickling, and gliding by you while swimming. I wanted to bring the ocean to them–not as admirers of the ocean, but as one with the ocean.

Acrylic on concrete. Bushwick, Brooklyn. 2015.

 

 

Finished Series

 

 

Series in Progress

I am currently looking for opportunities, sponsors and/or representation to show both series (separately) in a meaningful and impactful way. 
If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in getting involved, please email me here.

 

Statement:

This painting is part of an ongoing series called "Migration". Enraged by the ban that was enforced on seven countries in early 2017, it made me rethink about what it means to be "American."

In short, the concept revolves around what I think makes America beautiful, the presence and blending of different cultures. There’s more to this but in essence, the body of work for this series involves creating ecosystems that embraces various cultures…and how the energy and matter that moves through these ecosystems, are what makes them thrive. This was inspired by a pattern found in a traditional Somali Guntiino.

Telling stories that show there is hope, during these politically charged times, is where I strive to show that as individuals, we can be choose to be there for each other. Demonstrating that we can (individually or as a group) find a sense of purpose out of this rage, is important.

I believe in optimism, in being proactive, and not just letting ourselves wallow in our despair.

Statement:

This painting is part of an ongoing series called "Underneath It All". Due to the alarming spike in the transgender murders lately, I began this series with the intention of facilitating dialogue around the transgender community and the threats they are facing today.

My hope is to bring awareness around the growing number of brutal murders happening within the transgender community – more specifically, to transgender women of color across the US. I chose to address this particular issue because I’ve always found it unsettling. It goes against everything I believe in – on a fundamental HUMAN level.

To bring beauty in the midst of darkness, each piece was created to honor a transgender life that was tragically taken away. The victims' names are weaved into a new world that blends and morphs into its surroundings. I want to demonstrate that they were (and always have been) an integral part of our society and contribute to the colorful spectrum we currently live in –  to position them as an essential part of our society and as individuals that contribute to the beauty of our society. Their lives mattered then and still matter today.

(Note: The painting's titles are WIP as well due to legal issues.)