I emigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. with my family at age 10. Since then, I have moved through the world many times feeling displaced. Internalizing such experience brought out the necessity for me to make art which reconsiders Filipinx American identity.
I use art to return to those moments of displacement to understand them and how they shape me as a person. What kind of person do you become when you leave your land? Who will you be? Leaving all those people behind, all your knowing of a particular kind of life and living… where does your kind of grief go, or how does it manifest itself within you?
My current body of work examines links between my personal experience and the history of the Philippines. I embed personal and social narratives in my artworks, articulating complicated collisions of historical events, memory, and personal experience.