Dualities along with comparisons and contrasts are underlying themes in my drawings and paintings. Through my life as a twin and my bi-cultural experience as a Japanese American, I use visual and conceptual pairings to depict the universal quest to maintain a collective identity while projecting a sense of individuality. The obscured text is from my research on twins and hashi (chopsticks), forming the basis of each piece.
The process used in the Hashi series is slow and methodical, beginning with hand inscribed text which is layered over with graphite pencils used like chopsticks to draw a minimal and quiet reflection of twin images. Likewise, the Twin/Futago series consists of hand inscribed text on top of which dual images are drawn or painted with graphite, charcoal, pastel or oils.
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