Artist Statement

walking with grandmother

My art expresses an Oceanic way of being, that is to say the collective experience which is both visible and invisible; in the skin and in the air, in the blood, and the harmony of voices, the quality of light, the color of weather and water, movement, wild life, architecture, landscape, textiles, and maybe most significant, an organic process of engaging history in the present. My research includes Pacific history, transnational movement as it relates to cultural identification, and the relationship between Samoan culture and the natural environment.