1. Hanagasa – acrylic on canvas, denim, camouflage from Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines uniforms; 57.5 x 73 in.
2. Orion – acrylic on canvas, inkjet transfer, assorted fabrics, 2011 Uchinanchu Taikai shirt worn by delegates from the LA Kenjinkai donated by Ryan Yokota, Air Force uniform; 58.5 x 71 in.
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.
© Laura Kina