The artworks are an analysis of racial and gender issues that have been distilled over recent years and emerged afresh during this heightened pandemic crisis of the epoch Anthropocene. Seen through the lens of a fourth generation American of Japanese ancestry, her great grandparents immigrated to Hawaii in the 1800’s living in a multi-ethnic community for three generations integrating the ohana spirit of extended family. Her life as an artist inherently weaves these cultural practices as migrants.
The bronze art pieces shown in this thesis are visual art forms as well as sound instruments.
Her current work is highly experimental. It focuses on sculptural objects and sound pieces developed from materials of wood, bronze, copper, and concrete. The need to find grounding led to contemplative themes about time duration and dream state. The basis for these works come from the writings and research of her mother’s stories, analyzing social behaviors which have caused negative social norms, intergenerational trauma, color and gender politics, capitalism, and the anthropocene. Her ongoing work for the last 12 years are theatrical productions. In particular as an American of Japanese ancestry she probes into the feminine psyche living in a patriarchal society through the lens of Japanese literature incorporating video, music, and dance forms.