There is impact in human interaction, economic choices, and public/private ownership. Remarkably, there are still people hiding their heads about climate change. For us to sustain successful human future for our keiki, we must regain a greater awareness of our planet’s life and return to the practices of mālama ‘āina.
KE ‘AKA O KA LI’ULA/MIRAGE comments on the impact of tourism on the land lifestyle and people of Hawai’i.
NA WAI KEIA IKE O KA LANI? addressed tourism and it's impact on Hawai‘i residents.
This work takes a critical look at how water resources are used and distributed within the Hawaiian islands and to awaken thinking in regard to these issues and to how fragile our environmental economy really is.
In 1984, a group of artists united to save the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden from the then destructive planned path of H-3 freeway. In response to the celebratory nature of the 20th anniversary Aloha Ho’omaluhia exhibition (2004), I used a combination installationa and historical photographs to show the importance of our gardens.
Seven 7-foot long inkjet prints on hand-coated metal substrate created from scans of the artist's that was hair lost over 101 days, attributed to the stress of being a MFA student and the mother of a 4 year old child.
The experience of leaving O’ahu, HI to attend graduate school in Baltimore, MD, was a difficult adjustment for me and my family – emotionally, financially, and artistically. I did not feel “safe” there. The dislocation changed my view of wai (water.) Upon arriving in Baltimore, all wai seemed like tears and seeped into my soul and blurred my memories, eroding any semblance of safety I once felt.
The Garden of Money examined the effects of the plantation era on life in Hawai’i.
inscrutable equations for growth was a mixed-media installation concerning fragmentation in the lives of women as they strived (yet ultimately failed) to juggle the numerous roles which contemporary society expects of them. Through the intentional use of trope and the mana (power) of materials, I address the varied role expectations placed upon women by both themselves and others.