Oceans Between Us (16x20" framed)
Oceans Between Us (16x20" framed)

These are just the beginnings of a series called Arrivants. This series marks my first explorations into the stories and characters of my ancestry and the Filipinx diaspora. “Arrivants” is a term photo-based artist Jin-me Yoon used in a recent talk about her experience as a Korean-born Canadian, and the identity she formed after arriving on this land. In this series, to arrive is to declare one’s identity, to take into account what one has brought with them, and to consider the possible futures.

Available for purchase at Studio Sixty Six

Kasama (7" x 8.5" unframed)
Kasama (7" x 8.5" unframed)

The verb sama is rooted in togetherness or inclusion, and in my spotty Tagalog kasama translates to companion and to go with. This new direction of my work is possible because my peers have led the way with their own explorations of their diasporic identities.

SOLD

Balikbayans (16x20" framed)
Balikbayans (16x20" framed)

Translated literally from Tagalog, balikbayan means to go back home. Formally it refers to those who repatriate after emigrating and more commonly, to those who return to visit. Balikbayan boxes are large care packages that are sent back from abroad. Part of the immigrant Filipinx experience is to keep open freight-sized cardboard boxes to stock with clothing, sweets, and supplies. Once filled, the boxes make cargo ship journeys to the Philippines, where they are distributed amongst family, parishes, and communities.

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Maria Clara is Nasty (16x20" framed)
Maria Clara is Nasty (16x20" framed)

When Filipino revolutionary Jose Rival wrote his novel Noli Me Tángere in 1887 to expose the inequalities of the Spanish Catholic church and the ruling colonial governments, he also created the character of Maria Clara. Since then Maria Clara has stood for traditional patriarchal feminine ideals: delicate, chaste, devout, demure, and self-effacing. Because of these traits, Maria Clara has also been criticised as the greatest misfortune that has befallen the Filipina in the last century. This piece celebrates ideals I see in many Filipinas I look up to: strength, obstinance, supportiveness.

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Rice and Adobo (8x10" unframed)
Rice and Adobo (8x10" unframed)

Immersing my brothers and me in Filipinx culture wasn’t a priority for my parents, but their cooking was a direct connection to the motherland. Adobo is considered the national dish of the Philippines and bay leaves and peppercorns, along with vinegar and soy sauce, are its main ingredients.

Available for purchase at Studio Sixty Six.

Mindoro (14.5" x 19" unframed)
Mindoro (14.5" x 19" unframed)

Or Mina-de-Oro, according to the Spanish colonialists. Long before the Spaniards arrived the island had strong trade relations with China, and honey, beeswax and pearls were some of its most valued resources. This is the island of my maternal ancestry.

SOLD

The Faraway Nearby(7" x 8.5")
The Faraway Nearby(7" x 8.5")

Through her body and on her body, HATAW dance troupe co-founder Crista Aguinaldo gives life to Filipinx culture. How do the stories, lessons, and magic of your ancestors live on and continue to evolve within you?

Available for purchase at Studio Sixty Six.

Oceans Between Us (16x20" framed)
Kasama (7" x 8.5" unframed)
Balikbayans (16x20" framed)
Maria Clara is Nasty (16x20" framed)
Rice and Adobo (8x10" unframed)
Mindoro (14.5" x 19" unframed)
The Faraway Nearby(7" x 8.5")
Oceans Between Us (16x20" framed)

These are just the beginnings of a series called Arrivants. This series marks my first explorations into the stories and characters of my ancestry and the Filipinx diaspora. “Arrivants” is a term photo-based artist Jin-me Yoon used in a recent talk about her experience as a Korean-born Canadian, and the identity she formed after arriving on this land. In this series, to arrive is to declare one’s identity, to take into account what one has brought with them, and to consider the possible futures.

Available for purchase at Studio Sixty Six

Kasama (7" x 8.5" unframed)

The verb sama is rooted in togetherness or inclusion, and in my spotty Tagalog kasama translates to companion and to go with. This new direction of my work is possible because my peers have led the way with their own explorations of their diasporic identities.

SOLD

Balikbayans (16x20" framed)

Translated literally from Tagalog, balikbayan means to go back home. Formally it refers to those who repatriate after emigrating and more commonly, to those who return to visit. Balikbayan boxes are large care packages that are sent back from abroad. Part of the immigrant Filipinx experience is to keep open freight-sized cardboard boxes to stock with clothing, sweets, and supplies. Once filled, the boxes make cargo ship journeys to the Philippines, where they are distributed amongst family, parishes, and communities.

SOLD

Maria Clara is Nasty (16x20" framed)

When Filipino revolutionary Jose Rival wrote his novel Noli Me Tángere in 1887 to expose the inequalities of the Spanish Catholic church and the ruling colonial governments, he also created the character of Maria Clara. Since then Maria Clara has stood for traditional patriarchal feminine ideals: delicate, chaste, devout, demure, and self-effacing. Because of these traits, Maria Clara has also been criticised as the greatest misfortune that has befallen the Filipina in the last century. This piece celebrates ideals I see in many Filipinas I look up to: strength, obstinance, supportiveness.

SOLD

Rice and Adobo (8x10" unframed)

Immersing my brothers and me in Filipinx culture wasn’t a priority for my parents, but their cooking was a direct connection to the motherland. Adobo is considered the national dish of the Philippines and bay leaves and peppercorns, along with vinegar and soy sauce, are its main ingredients.

Available for purchase at Studio Sixty Six.

Mindoro (14.5" x 19" unframed)

Or Mina-de-Oro, according to the Spanish colonialists. Long before the Spaniards arrived the island had strong trade relations with China, and honey, beeswax and pearls were some of its most valued resources. This is the island of my maternal ancestry.

SOLD

The Faraway Nearby(7" x 8.5")

Through her body and on her body, HATAW dance troupe co-founder Crista Aguinaldo gives life to Filipinx culture. How do the stories, lessons, and magic of your ancestors live on and continue to evolve within you?

Available for purchase at Studio Sixty Six.

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