I am a painter and installation artist working in New York. I received my MFA from SFAI in 2018, after earning my BA and MA in linguistics from Columbia University and UC San Diego, respectively. My work in both linguistics and visual arts has led me to travel around the world, documenting endangered languages, and making site-specific installations in a range of environments, including Peru, Iceland, and the American Southwest, including Tucson and the Kanab Creek Wilderness, where I participated in Signal Fire's residency program in 2017. My work has been shown at Trestle Gallery, Dinner.tn, and Established Gallery in New York, as well as galleries in San Francisco and Tucson.
I am the founder and curator of the experimental gallery In/Passing, and I have curated multiple shows at the Swell Gallery. I have taught at SFAI, the Rotary Nature Center, and UC San Diego. Awards include the Outstanding Graduate Student Awards Finalist at SFAI, the SFAI Student Grant, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fund. My work is in collections in New York, San Francisco, and Arizona.
About my work
Theories of wilderness, nature, and environment are highlighted and deconstructed in my work via sculptural and floral intrusions, and by “Plant Nests” and their living spaces. The installations I create are an offering to viewers to reimagine ways of interacting with non-human nature.
This work investigates how human-imposed systems of nature structure our relationships to the natural world, to other humans, and to systems of information and logic. Additionally, as a child of immigrants, and especially in the current political climate, I am very focused on attitudes towards immigration and displacement, and how these are linked to our relationships with environment. To this end, my work currently deals heavily with the displacement of plants into highly built environments, of synthetic materials into wilderness areas, and of simulacra of nature into both types of environments. Plants and removed from their natural habitats, wilderness areas are obscured by sculptural objects, and ephemeral installations appear and disappear. Through this, I question and break down hegemonic interpretations of what is “natural” and what is “human”.