lumå'la' ham ta'lo gi tano-ta | the return home
acrylic and spondylus beads on canvas. 24x36. 2023.
this piece envisions the future where the sihek, or guam kingfisher, makes its return to guåhan. the sihek is a native bird of guåhan that is extinct in the wild due to the introduction of the invasive brown tree snake. siheks are being bred in captivity across the united states so their population can be built up to return home.
i menhalom mañaina-ta na man la’la’ hit | the knowledge of our ancestors gives us life
acrylic on canvas. 18x24. 2023.
this piece portrays the passing of ancestral knowledge across generations and CHamoru matriarchy.
i hinanao-ta | our journey
acrylic on canvas. 24x36. 2023.
a community mural I had the honor of facilitating at vale ni yaloyalo film festival. this piece is inspired by stained glass and how small pieces come together to create something beautiful.
masakåda | my anger is sacred
acrylic, spondylus beads, and woven pandanus leaves on canvas. 22x28. 2023.
a reclamation of the "savage native woman" and a celebration of ancestral rage that has sustained our people.
acrylic and pandanus on canvas. 24x30. 2021.
this piece is inspired by the chamoru legend of sirena, who was a girl who turned into half human and half fish because of her mother's frustration with her immaturity.
manggagaige ha' ham guini | we're still here
acrylic, magazine clippings, and spondylus shell on canvas. 24x30. 2021.
a piece that I created as a final project for my historical trauma class. click here for detailed explanation.
goggue i cho'cho' | protect the coral
acrylic on canvas. 8x10. 2021.
the ocean calling her people to fight against climate change. a collaboration with angela francisco paet, owner of hinengge.com.
i hånom yo’åmte | healing waters
acrylic, spondylus, and cowrie shells on canvas. 18x24. 2021.
a piece reflecting on the importance of tears in healing.
i kåten kulo’ | the call of the conch
acrylic and seashells on canvas. 20x24. 2021.
a piece reflecting on the lessons I've learned about how to be vulnerable and call onto others (and myself) for support and love after a difficult year.
famalao'an tamuning | women of tamuning
acrylic, spondylus, and pandanus on canvas. 14x18. 2020.
a piece to honor the matriarchs in my family that I never got to meet, specifically my nåna (grandma) and great grandmas. a biha (elder woman) braids a young woman's hair at my family's land in tamuning.
nothing more to give
acrylic on canvas. 16x20. 2020.
self portrait; a reflection on learning when to stay invested and when to allow myself to become uprooted like a banana tree in a storm
na’lå’la | growing through it
acrylic on canvas. 11x14. 2020.
self portrait; an ode to vulnerability and growth
acrylic on canvas. 18x24. 2020.
a piece inspired by the chamoru legend of the women who braided their hair together into a net to save guåhan from a giant parrotfish
lina’la’ i hånom | water is life
commission for sound transit. acrylic on canvas. 5x10ft. 2020.
women are sacred. our ocean is sacred. our ways of knowing and navigation are sacred. the life and culture we create is sacred.
fanhasso | remember to remember
acrylic & spondylus shell on canvas. 18x24. 2020.
self portrait; a reminder to myself of who I am, who I come from, my powerful feminine energy, and the knowledge of my ancestors
i tinituhon | the beginning
acrylic on canvas. 18x20. 2019.
an interpretation of the chamoru creation story featuring one of our creators, fo'na
acrylic on canvas. 9x12. 2019.
inspired by the whale sharks I saw during my visit to okinawa
tåsi | ocean
acrylic & seashell on canvas. 12x16. 2019.
a personification of the ocean and a reflection of myself as a daughter of the ocean
famalao'an | women
acrylic on canvas. 9x12. 2019.
chamoru matriarchs existing under their own standards of beauty
maga’låhi | chief
acrylic on canvas. 9x12. 2018.
lemmai | breadfruit
acrylic on canvas. 11x14. 2018.
calm in the chaos
acrylic on canvas. 8x10. 2018.
åcho' latte | latte stone
acrylic on canvas. 18x24. 2018.
ayuyu | coconut crab
acrylic on canvas. 10x10. 2018.