shape shift


photo of fabric in an embroidery circle. sketched on the fabric is a face & lightly painted hair, a variety of beads, seeds, & objects sit/are sewn onto the hair.

process photos of remembering from across the ocean, new portrait in a show with Epekto Art Projects. Shape Shift opens this November 5th 5-9pm at Rock Paper Scissors Collective’s beautiful new space.


how do pilipinxs in the diaspora move through a process of healing and decolonization when they are severed from the land they are from? what does remembering look like when you live on the opposite side of the ocean?


this portrait honors my Auntie Linda, a manang & matriarch who recently transitioned into an ancestor early 2021. the materials integrated have been collected for over a decade and resonate with feelings of familiarity, of the motherlands, the islands which my ancestors come from. the collected items are a mixture of real & human made, pearls to plastic, shells to palm fronds. some pieces come from broken objects & some may be considered disposable, but woven together – reborn as artwork – the pieces show the value & beauty I see in these objects & tell stories of where we come from.


graphic with a collage of geometric shapes of photos of art it says “Epekto Art Projects, a group show featuring local Filipina/o/x American artist in the Bay Area, shape shift, November 5-27, artists: Mel Vera Cruz, Mike Carrion, Maria Fatima Urbi, Rea Lynn de Guzman, Jose Johann Bitancor, Michael Sacramento, Nicole Gervacio, Malaya Tuyay, Pamela Ibañez, reception: RPS collective 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. way, Oakland, CA Friday, November 5 5-9 PM (delicious treats will be available ) Gallery hours: Wednesday 4-7 PM, Thursday & Friday 2-7 PM, Saturday 1 - 5 PM

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