Asian/Native American Arts
I am a Phoenix based artist of Yaqui and Filipino background. I also lived in China for 6+ years. I’ve never met most of my Yaqui relatives and have only contacted one Filipino cousin via the internet. I often reflect on who I am, and what I’m missing by not being exposed to the cultures of my relatives. Hence, my works are based on my travels and dedicated to those who seek to celebrate their heritages, no matter how complex.
Due to the Japanese occupation of Manila during WWII, my family was heavily influenced by Japanese art. My latest series of the persimmon is based on the Japanese block prints which hung in my grandparent’s home during my childhood.
Years ago, I moved to Inner Mongolia, and while experiencing the brutal winter, I frequented the dusty street markets of the Muslin District. There, I would often find large baskets of shriveled white persimmons along the street corners. It is believed, the harsher the condition, the sweeter the fruit. The persimmon is best eaten when it is older and bruised. Often in life, we are faced with emotional and physical hardships. However, we must not forget the reward beyond such endurance.
You can follow my process at hauntedteashop.wordpress.com