Murals, installations, and participatory pieces developed for a public audience
u ok?, 2019
Punto Urban Art Museum, Salem MA
A sad lizard is sitting alone, while a fly, which would normally be threatened by a lizard, asks him if he’s ok. This is one painting amongst 25 temporary murals by New England artists. Portrait of me with my painting was by Jared Charney.
Kung Fu Kitty, 2019
Spray paint and acrylic on panel. Live painting for Witch City Kitty cat convention in the Old Town Hall in Salem, Massachusetts.
Chinatown, Boston MA
Spraypaint and acrylic on panel. Me and four Boston artists were commissioned by Cicada Boston to each produce a piece that was later animated and projection mapped by Justin Looper for an event. Content was artist’s choice.
chimpanzee skull, 2019
Graffiti Alley, Cambridge MA
Freehand spray can piece made alongside 11 other Boston-area graffiti artists
The Raw Project, South Miami FL
This piece is one of many that were installed by various muralists at South Miami K-8 in December of 2018. The first day I visited the site, I noticed countless snails hidden in the grass. Another painter commented that at night snails climbed up the walls while he was painting, and that he had to pick them off. From the school’s website:
“South Miami K-8 Center Expressive Arts Magnet is a school which recruits talented children entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Students who demonstrate talent in Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are encouraged to apply. (…) In addition to the regular curriculum, magnet students receive up to six hours each week of arts instruction by professional artists/teachers in fully equipped studios.” I am very happy to have contributed to their campus identity.
woven wall, 2018
My apartment, Cranston RI
This scaled up pattern from an historic reference of Tongan war clubs conjurs the warrior spirit of Pacific cultures. I have the same pattern tattooed on my thigh; in echoing the art on my body, this mural has become a declaration of my domain, my islander heritage, myself as a modern-day warrior, and pan-Pacific identity.
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
This participatory web building piece was inspired by PEM's exhibition Wild Designs, an exhibition about biomimicry. It was developed for a family night celebrating PEM's school partnership program, Creative Collaborations. For two hours, the web was full of children experimenting with engineering and building the web.
GIVE SOME LOVE, 2018
Punto Urban Art Museum, Salem MA
In spring of 2018, I developed this participatory art project for Katie King's fundraiser for Punto Urban Art Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Katie and her daughter provided the theme and color palette. Guests were invited to "give some love" by contributing a heart to these two canvases. Templates of various styles were available to trace, and they had the option to freehand. Towards the end of the event, I unified the two canvases by doing a background treatment.
SPACE GEAR PHOTO BOOTH, 2017
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
This is one of a few activities that I developed for my program's first ever exhibition and family night. Each activity drew on the exhibitions that program participants had experienced at PEM that year, including Lunar Attraction, which focused on art inspired by the moon. For this photo booth, instead of simply providing space-inspired props, event guests were invited to create their own space gear in addition to some key pieces that I created to get them started.
WISHES FOR BABY, 2017
For my first act as a new auntie, I threw a baby shower for my sister, seen here looking fabulous. I created cat-shaped templates and provided gold gel pens for guests to write their wishes-for-baby. Completed wishes were displayed on a line with pink clothespins.
But wait, there’s a thing, 2018
Beyond Walls, Lynn MA
Went in without a plan and allowed myself to play. Automatic painting that turned out to be a subconscious illustration of my relationship at the time.
so pretty it hurts, 2017
Punto Urban Art Museum, Salem MA | First Place Winner, Juried competition of 20 local artists
The third painting in my cat mural series features the genetic mess that is my stepmother’s adopted Persian. The title references selective breeding, the answer to viewer's most frequent question "What's wrong with that cat?" As a joke, I wanted the elegance of the painting to contradict the ugliness of the subject.
seeker of the forbidden sandwich, 2017
Salem Mural Slam, Salem MA
This extreme close-up of a cat's face can be interpreted widely as shocked, desperate, or accusatory. A relatable and dramatic narrative provided by the title "Seeker of the Forbidden Sandwich" paired with the facial expression and use of heightened colors, all work together to reference classic horror movie posters. Photo credit: Kathy Fredrickson
BODHISATTVA BERNIE, 2017
Red Fence Gallery, Beverly MA
The calming company of my cat has been, for me, one of few respites in these past several months of political turbulence. While my days might be full of stress about political threats to my personal well-being and the well-being of others, the sound of purring unfailingly quiets my anxieties and anchors me in the present. This painting of my personal zen master is an offering of a daily moment of peace to the residents of Beverly. Red Fence Gallery is a project of Beverly Arts District. Photo credit: Bob Packert
rats, bats, pigeons, 2014
An ephemeral installation dedicated to Atlantic Mills, where I had a studio space for five years. Atlantic Mills was an industrial era textile mill. It's still a functioning factory which also houses several businesses.
I created a stencil inspired by the wallpaper pattern from the walls in her studio, modified to reflect the fauna of the mill: rats, bats, and pigeons. The stencil was painted in charcoal onto the sidewalk directly in front of the mill. Over the course of just a few days, the installation was slowly removed from foot traffic, and finally from rainfall. The temporality of this installation was meant to reflect the living history of the historic building.
This collection started as a response to a loved one who suggested that we collect gross things instead of spices in our spice jars. Over the next few years I collected jars full of about 400 mantid nymphs that died soon after I hatched them, dragonfly wings, the exoskeleton of my rose hair tarantula that I kept in high school, and four years' worth of finger and toenail clippings. It became an exercise in looking closely and incorporating nature into my environment. In a way, the jars also became a memorial.