Perpetually foreign, fitting neither here nor there—I am the tension hanging on a clothesline between two countries. Sourcing from my experiences of navigating Filipino otherness while having been born and raised in the States, I operate from the space between these two cultures.
My work is about living in the diaspora, using objects as sculpture that inform my conflicted conception of what identity should be according to two different cultural rubrics. Domestic items, clothing, and house-construction materials reference the home space that became my Philippines in the States. I investigate the ways in which my belonging became, and still becomes, blurred.
By using pieces of my personal history as departure points to explore biculturalism, I ask the question: Can I ever come to know that which is foreign to me?