Fear can persuade us not to take the unconventional step, the fruitful risk, to stay within our comfort zones and not try things that we would benefit from. Fear disapproves of radical courses of action; it draws our attention to the things that might go wrong, the things that could or should be done differently, the dangers that ninety percent of the time, do not materialize. Thus, we need to take wise note of some of the things fear alerts us to while also knowing when to merely acknowledge it and use it to our advantage instead of running from it.
This moss mural was created while I was the Honolulu Museum of Art at Spalding House's Artist in the Museum. It illustrates my personal experience of transition and growth. As part of my experience I invited friends to help me hike and collect moss, visitors to assist me in keeping the moss hydrated and watch it evolve over the course of my residency all while encouraging them to think about how this maxim might apply to their own lives.
The uncanny and almost impossible growing conditions of this typographic moss piece represents the beauty of growth that eventuates from perseverance and struggle. Because it is an illustration of sound, it is not language specific, and is therefore universal; enabling an understanding of people from all generations, cultures and linguistic backgrounds.
This piece concept has been installed in two locations and styles to date; one at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (at final exam time when tension was high) and at the Honolulu Museum of Art (at crunch time for Artists in the Artists of Hawaii 2015 show).
This piece was made out of toilet paper in a public bathroom. It utilizes techniques associated with the mischievous activity of toilet paper wad throwing yet is carefully and methodically produced. This quality questions the nature of graffiti, vandalism and aesthetics.
"Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you've been up to..."
A rearrangement of pins on a University bulletin board...
#YOLO is a typographic piece created for the Into View Exhibition in Honolulu. It comments on the technology reliant, caffeine addicted, self-documentarian life and times of our Millennial generation; the major theme of the exhibition. Rapid development of technologies such as mobile devices and social media platforms have made it easy for us to communicate anywhere, anytime. These platforms have become a huge part in how our lives are conducted. The use of these technologies has resulted in the invention of new words and conventions like the hashtag, which have revolutionized traditional practices of everyday communication. YOLO is an abbreviated form for the phrase “you only live once” and is frequently used to justify people’s choice to engage in activities that are ridiculous or out of the ordinary.
By creating this piece out of hundreds of meticulously arranged green straws, I juxtapose #YOLO, and the motto it represents, with the tedious installation process of arranging straws to make the work appear as if it were pixels on a screen. In addition, the highly recognizable, one use only, green straws reference the Seattle-based coffee company’s omnipresence not only physically in our local communities, but on our social media platforms, adding to the push and pull between the virtual versus the real world.
A creative attempt to entice my former (American) co-workers to try the famous Australasian snack, Vegemite on toast.