A site-specific installation during my summer residency at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oakland, CA:
Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands. Words that remind us where we are standing and where we come from.
During the month of July, people from the Bay Area and around the world participated into this project telling me:
-where they come from, or any place they feel more connected,
-poets/poems/writers from these places (or from anywhere around the world) that have touched them.
The above data was transformed into a drawing, a loose map, taking over the front gallery of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary. After research, coordinates of the given places along with poems/quotes from the authors were written on the walls. Numbers, letters, lines, and dots created a universe alongside with hanging sculptures which physically manifested the connections between places and people as diverse materials gathered from my trips around the world were used.
"You are the result of the love of thousands" is part of the Peripheral Visions, an artist/curator-in-residence program at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in Oaklands art and maker district. In this time of political, economic, and cultural polarization on a national and regional scale, art can prompt genuine communication, empathy, and insight required for a harmonious future.
Special thanks to all jurors and Chandra Cerrito who selected me to be the Summer Artist-In-Residence for the Peripheral Visions Program: Kevin Chen (curator), Justin Hoover (curator), Ashara Ekundayo (curator and Director of Ashara Ekundayo Gallery), Guillermo Galindo (artist), Eric Murphy (curator at Joyce Gordon Gallery), Mayumi Hamanaka (curator at Kala Art Institute), and Donna Napper (Art Consultant, curator). I feel extremely honored to be part of this!