portfolio

acrylic paintings & jewelry

 

si sirena

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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famalao'an tamuning | women of tamuning

acrylic, spondylus, and pandanus on canvas. 14x18. 2020.
a piece to honor the matriachs 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.

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i dos umaguaiya | the two lovers

acrylic on canvas. 12x16. 2020.
an interpretation of the chamoru legend of the two lovers.

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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

 

decolonial sisterhood

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

 

whale shark

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

 

fanihi | fruitbat

acrylic on canvas. 16x20. 2019.

 

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.

 

jewelry

spondylus necklaces, cowrie shell earrings, guihan (fish) pandanus earrings, abalone & spondylus earrings, spondylus necklaces, giant clam shell & spondylus gachai (adze blade) necklace

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