On Display: Dec 7 2018 - Nov 10 2019
Shining Through: Reflections of an Oceanic Future
Five Pacific Islander artists look forward into the unknown, drawing upon stories, myths, and personal experiences to imagine the future. Using photography, poetry, illustration, sculpture, sound, and film, the artists transform the gallery space into a vision of past, present, and beyond.
Lilian Ongelungel is a multidisciplinary artist from Portland, with roots in the Republic of Palau. Her artistic roots are grounded in painting and illustration, but she also uses photography, tattooing, writing and storytelling as vehicles for exploring the intersections of Pacific Islander diaspora, queer identity and matrilineal legacy in her works.
Lourdez Velasco is a CHamoru, queer, trans nonbinary femme, parent, artist, poet and organizer who creates art through mixed media, short film, collage, poetry and dance. Their art centers survivorship, reclamation of CHamoru indigeneity and healing for two-spirit, trans and queer indigenous, black and brown, people of color. Lourdez is a former teaching artist for The Wing’s Youthcan program and has also exhibited work in the past two Pasifika exhibits: We are the Ocean: An Indigenous Response to Climate Change and Visions of Pasifika: Light from Another World.
As an artist, Roquin contributes to the Indigenous creative and cultural continuum through inventive multi-media expression。 In the beginning of their journey, they focused on mámamfok: CHamoru palm weaving。 When they relocated to the Salish Sea, they began to explore other forms of expression。 Including but not limited to; poetry, floral design, and various fibre arts。 Early on in their career, they recognized that they wanted to explore their multidimensional identity and experience as an Indigenous/Pasifika Queer person。
Acknowledging the colonizing binaries of traditional v。 contemporary, art v。 craft, form v。 function; Roquin creates work that defies and challenges simplistic definitions。 Their work also challenges the toxic and arbitrary box of authenticity。
幸运快3Kalei’okalani was born and raised in Wai’anae, O’ahu and began dancing at six years old with Lokelani Polynesian Revue in Nanakuli. After her ‘uniki (graduation), Kalei continued training with Polynesian Dance Troupe Ma’ohi Nui, performing professionally in shows locally and internationally. With Huraiti Mana, she opens her independent teaching to students of all ages, learning from each and instilling in each significant values of Polynesian cultures. Kalei aspires to continue teaching, studying, and sharing the love of her people.
Solomon Robert Nui Enos is a Native Hawaiian artist, illustrator, and visionary. Born and raised in Makaha Valley (O‘ahu, Hawai‘i), Solomon hails from the well-known Enos ‘ohana. Like his family, Solomon, too, has the creative gene and has been making art for more than 30 years. His recent work reveals an
extraordinary talent, adept at artistic expression in a wide variety of media including oil paintings, book illustrations, outdoor murals (both painted and in glass mosaic), and mixed-media