Of Rice and Cotton

Through my personal experiences and research before and during my stay in Japan, I made many discoveries that had me question the lines that divide people and nations. These discoveries include the dissolving of race, the fluidity of culture, similarities between national histories, and the commonalities of language. Inspired by this knowledge I created a body of work that showcases these discoveries by referencing traditional Japanese figurative paintings, American neo-expressionism, manga, basketball culture, hip hop culture, and the history of Japanese and American slaves, peasants, farmers, and rebels. The concepts in my work are pushed further through my material choices that include handpicked cotton, locally grown rice, denim, silk, voodoo dolls, basket balls, reclaimed wood, found objects, and traditional art materials. 

Inspiring BooksGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, Born to Rebel by Frank J. Sulloway, Peasants, Rebels, Women, and Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan by Mikiso Hane, Die Nigger Die! by H. Rap Brown,  The arts of the South Pacific by Jean Guiart, 

Location: Islands of Skou; Deep Eastern Islands || Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan

Works included

Assemblage Scrolls:  My assemblages' material choices include handpicked cotton, locally grown rice, denim, silk, voodoo dolls, basket balls, reclaimed wood, found objects, and traditional art materials. I composed these materials of canvas and stretched them from sawed logs of bamboo.

Weapons: My weapons have been created from chopped bamboo, ropes, nails, and a sign I found in the forest of Skou.

Mini Scrolls: Created from sawed tree branches, canvas, manga, and traditional art materials. 

Manga Panel Boxes: In order to represent my childhood introduction into Japanese culture, I created these panel boxes in the size and shapes of tankobon manga volumes. Then, I attached the Japanese printed version of the manga to the front, and English printed version to the side. The English printed versions are tankobon volumes I collected when I was 8 years old. 

*Work made during Studio Kura's 4-week residency program in Fukuoka, Japan. Exhibited in referbished 120 year old rice storing shed. * May 30th - June 30th 2016