Searching For Shangri-La

This series of photographs provide a glimpse into various auspicious aspects of Tibetan culture, from the rigor of Philosophical Debate, to the daily ritual of Attending Temple, to the cleansing of the sacred Tibetan Buddhist Manuscripts.

The Hiking Club; A Vocabulary Of Yearning

This current project titled “The Hiking Club; A Vocabulary of Yearning” intertwines landscape, trees and the sublime in nature with the story of being the daughter of an immigrant. The works bring together nature and society and address an inheritance of longing. The project is homage to landscape and trees, as well as to the lost utopian ideals of Simmel’s father and the woods in which he wandered.

Seeing Homelessness

We walk past or around homeless persons every day on the sidewalks of Oakland and San Francisco. Along our city streets and through freeway underpasses we carefully drive past ramshackle homeless encampments.  Some of my images are made from the perspective of a casual passerby. Those photographs show people sleeping or lying on the street under blankets, newspapers, or nothing at all. They are anonymous, faceless, not so much people, as “a social issue.” Other photographs are made from the perspective of a seeker. Those images (and conversations) attempt at understanding and a desire to see those who are without homes (or adequate food, clothing, health care, or employment) as persons possessing innate human dignity, with hopes and dreams, not unlike that casual passerby or more importantly, the photographer himself. Click on images to enlarge. 

Urban Markings in Encaustics

Increasingly I search the streets of my urban world, often seeing beauty where others may not.  Discarded objects, recycled materials, graffiti, torn flyers, rusted metal all provide a bridge between my inner world and the outer landscape of urbanization and globalization. I apprehend and appreciate the life and beauty that urbanity offers us– weathered through time, distinguished by history, and marked by human presence.