Culture Clash
       
     
Glacial Fantasy
       
     
Attention Japs!
       
     
The Lepidopterist
       
     
To All Persons...
       
     
Power Play
       
     
Food For Winter
       
     
In Praise of Shadows
       
     
Accidental Ancestry
       
     
Persistence of Memory
       
     
Rites of Spring
       
     
The Old Warrior
       
     
The Suitor
       
     
Culture Clash
       
     
Culture Clash

These collages involving old family photos are my way of seeking to join the disparate pasts of my bi-cultural roots, from which I am largely estranged.

Glacial Fantasy
       
     
Glacial Fantasy

The photographs are old enough that the people who knew those depicted in the most recent of them are quite advanced in age.

Attention Japs!
       
     
Attention Japs!

The photographs speak of a time more foreign than distant lands; a time of imperialism, industry tycoons, plantations, samurai, speakeasy’s, privilege, and world war.

The Lepidopterist
       
     
The Lepidopterist

They represent the legacy of two families separated by a vast ocean who had no idea that one day their destinies would intersect.

To All Persons...
       
     
To All Persons...

I try to make sense of these faces that peer out through a sepia haze.

Power Play
       
     
Power Play

They were signifiers of memory once, but as those memories fade away they become free radicals, relevant to me only by the names scrawled on their backs and the albums from which they have fallen.

Food For Winter
       
     
Food For Winter

Like the early paleontologists assembling the first dinosaur skeletons, I must use my imagination to fill in the gaps, taking liberties to build narratives coherent to me.

In Praise of Shadows
       
     
In Praise of Shadows

These old photos are combined with other photos gleaned from thrift shops, garage sales, and photos I have taken myself, to help me understand who I am in the surreal context of America.

Accidental Ancestry
       
     
Accidental Ancestry

I am constructing a narrative of my ancestry that is imagined and fanciful, but it is my own.

Persistence of Memory
       
     
Persistence of Memory
Rites of Spring
       
     
Rites of Spring
The Old Warrior
       
     
The Old Warrior
The Suitor
       
     
The Suitor