I often use painting to capture and archive a story important to me, a story that is remembered, imagined, shared and lived. In the process, I have conversations, series of dialogues with community members, family and friends close to me, while creating paintings simultaneously or in response. Painting to me is a practice of offering, a space crafted through a deliberate engagement with people, both during the making and subsequent activation. I hope this work and process help build alliances across experiences, making visible links between stories; stories of love, sacrifice and loss – all frequently associated with the lived immigrant experience.
gazing at the ocean outside the studio