This installation project includes sculptures and photographs presented as a museum collection. Within Hawaiian culture, there is debate as the “right” way of perpetuating traditional native practices such as tattoo, surfboard shaping, and carving. This work interrogates that debate, positing the idea that objects might also have cultural authenticity and value… if made by native people with real needs using what’s available.
Info: Works include functional and non-functional handcrafted units made of non-traditional, recycled, and commercially produced materials. Materials include Home Depot tongue and groove pine, agave wood gathered in island gulches, repurposed pine shelving, driftwood, recycled refridgerator foam, koa planks rescued from the burn pile, scrap plywood, and skate wheels found at the dump.