The silverpoint drawings from my Paradox series examine identity, assimilation, and universal dualities emanating from my experiences as an identical twin and Japanese American in relation to how others pursue their uniqueness while being a part of a whole. The engraved or inscribed writing provides a foundation of obscured text for the quiet, minimal imagery. The marks are made with a variety of metal styluses, which over time will patina to differing hues, reflecting how comparisons and attitudes can change.
I use my process of holding drawing utensils like hashi (chopsticks) as a conceptual means to express the duality of embracing our differences and similarities, as we seek identity and belonging. With two pencils in hand, they are manipulated in opposition to each other while simultaneously working together to create the drawing.