Laura Kina

My paintings and scholarship focus on hybrid and in between spaces, places, and identities as I explore diasporic, mixed race, Asian American, Jewish, and LGBTQ subjects. My families’ immigrant sugar cane plantation labor history in Hawaii has inspired my work as has Hawaiian and Japanese craft traditions. My recent watercolor and textile paintings center on my ancestral homeland of Okinawa, Japan to focus on legacies of WWII and US and Japan’s ongoing military occupation as I portray a mix of sacred, domestic, tourist, and militarized zones to explore Okinawan indigeneity. New works also document my child’s gender non-binary transition.

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