A hustle project about non-linear time and loving outside of capitalism. Printed on Valentines Day and Daylights Savings in 2018.
A collaboration with ceramic artist, Miki Palchick. Printed ceramic canister sets designed for the Philadelphia Assembled Kitchen in the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; inspired by foods of survival, resistance, and victory.
A/PUBLIC : "a group show of femme / queer Asian artists, is a convening of artists of a particular community, not only calling upon shared identity, but also assembling toward differential cultural learning and political processing; same cities, component archives. Here, we mark a space and time to call for our audience, share our practice, test our designations, and navigate what onward looks like to us. Up for discussion, by and for us: How to bear illegible and erasable archives into a future? How to tease the topos of diaspora into local entity? How to make together for each other?"
Salt Carriers re-imagines myth through a collaboration of storytelling and printmaking mediums. It is comprised of eight audio interviews in which each participant identifies a myth that they have inherited and then retells the same story in a way they feel better represents them. This could mean adding or replacing characters, changing the landscape, or rearranging the plot, etc. These recorded stories are compiled into an audio book, so as to respect storytelling’s history as an oral tradition. A print also accompanies each of the myths, which are collected into the Salt Carriers picture book.
This project is inspired by a desire to facilitate the imagining of fantastic stories and places where we continue to feel celebrated. White supremacy’s writing of a history that excludes the struggle and the power of people of color, poor folks, queer and trans people, and so many others is a violent erasure. When the manipulation also invades our dream worlds, it begins to further colonize our imaginations. Storytelling traditions and the mythologies they carry across generations are central to honoring the histories of many families and communities. As a queer, mixed woman, however, I know that I look different, speak different, and love different than many of my own ancestors and their mythical heroes. Salt Carriers seeks to honor the myths we have been given, as well as create new spheres for dreaming and belonging.
Full streaming and digital download for the Salt Carriers audiobook coming soon...
Zine collaboration with Eileen Shumate and Heidi Ratanavanich. Includes selections of transcribed interviews from the 2015 Pallets & Palates installation at Asian Arts Initiative. Printed and distributed in 2016.
Family Style is a mixed media collaboration with ceramic artist, Miki Palchick. This printed bowl series includes a rice bowl, a tea bowl, a noodle bowl, and a serving bowl. Originally designed, printed, and fired at Womens Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY.
Conducted and filmed interviews as a part Eileen Shumate, Heidi Ratanavanich, and Miki Palchick's installation, Pallets & Palates. The show exhibited at Asian Arts Initiative in 2015. It explored participants' fermentation and food preservation practices and their connection to cultural traditions and food sovereignty.
In 2018, the Ishimaru cousins formed the Round Rock Art Collective. They belong to the Three Rivers, Lake Michigan, New Jersey, California, the Midwest, and Asia, and are currently finding home in Philadelphia. Ishimaru means Round Rock.
Selected photographs, taken with 35 mm film