My work is a way to relate to people who came before me, a reflection on being part of a bigger cycle. I look to the past; to stories I've heard, places my ancestors have been, places they've lived.

Using music, drawing, performance, sculpture, and photography, my work is an aggregate of influences through which I synthesize my own experiences with my ancestors. While my drawings are very much of my time, it's important to me to respond to the voices of artists who came before me. Music functions the same way. 

I look for places, art, music, and things that inhabit a space of cultural overlap, things that reflect my multi-cultural roots. I look for points of connection across cultures and places.

 

In my animation Wish You Were Here, Hokusai's Great Wave off Kanegawa, the migration of a young coconut, and Hawaiian Slack Key music become an allegory for my great grandparents immigration from Japan to Hawaii.

Or in Does Grandpa Dream of Cowboys, I imagine my grandfather, behind a barbed wire fence in a Japanese-American internment camp in the American Southwest, dreaming of being a cowboy (his favorite movie genre), just a stones throw away from many famous cowboy movie set locations.

2019