In 2009, I began creating in-situ sculptural installations in fields and meadows of tall grasses using basketry and hairstyling techniques, primarily braiding. In 2011, good friend Adria Garcia and I began collaborating in this practice as Studio Kabuya. Our collaboration expanded this art form beyond purely formal concerns, and into examinations of public space, ways of honoring and celebrating the land around us, and our own friendship and family heritage. Solo and with Adria, I have created these installations in many beautiful locations around the Seattle area. See more at studiokabuya.com
2009 “Grass Braid.” Smoke Farm Lo-Fi Arts & Performance Festival, Arlington WA.
2010 “Grass Braid II.” Lake Sammamish River Trail, Redmond WA. Commissioned by 4Culture and the City of Redmond.
2011 “Passage.” McCormick Park, Duvall WA (as part of The Long Walk). Passage was part of a 40 mile, 4-day trek through the King County trail system, organized by Susan Robb.
2011 “Natural.” Brightwater Water Treatment Plant, Woodinville WA. 4Culture commission to create a piece for the opening of the Brightwater Plant.
2013 “Skygazing.” Stehekin, WA. Micro-residency (2 days) in a spectacularly beautiful and remote town at the north end of Lake Chelan.
Studio Kabuya Projects (with Adria Garcia):
2011 “Woven Grass Village.” Smoke Farm Lo-Fi Arts & Performance Festival, Arlington WA
2012 “Baskets.” Bellwether outdoor sculpture festival, Bellevue WA.
2012 “Woven Grass Village.” Smoke Farm Lo-Fi Arts & Performance Festival, Arlington WA
2012 “KABUYA.” Magnuson Park, Seattle WA. Funded by a grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in cooperation with the City of Seattle Parks Department.
2013 “Woven Grass Nightclub.” Smoke Farm Lo-Fi Arts & Performance Festival, Arlington WA
2013 “THE SALON.” Green River Natural Resources Area, Kent WA. Funded by a grant from 4Culture in cooperation with the City of Kent.
2013 “Salmon Return.” Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle WA. One-day participatory event as part of the fall “Salmon Returns” festival at the sculpture park.
2014 “Woven Grass Village.” Smoke Farm Lo-Fi Arts & Performance Festival, Arlington WA
2014 “Wave Form.” From the Ground Up outdoor sculpture exhibition, Shoreline WA