The Death of Mews

“The Death of Mews” 2009
30 x 30 latex on canvas

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AKA "The Steph"

This is the first of my Hapa Series--a group of paintings inspired by the layered meanings of Hawai'ian meles (songs) and intricate floral patterns on their quilts. Each song in this culture has numerous meanings; not all are shared with the listener. Each quilt design is specific to one quilter; the copying of a pattern without permission is not allowed. The vocabulary I use in these pieces is multi-dimensional, semi-private, and very specific to myself. The inclusion of the floral border is not random--rather, it adds to the story taking place on the canvas.