Artist Statement

As an artist and an art educator living in densely populated Silicon Valley, between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay unique eco-system, in a time of a severe drought, the art projects and the lessons integrated into the elementary curriculum I create are oriented towards a better understanding of our surroundings, the importance of water and the consequences of human activity on our watershed and the ocean. I engage the public and my young students to reflect, collaborate and create.

Species Encounter: Dive In!, an installation about the consequences of plastic pollution on marine species; Granted, a short video about global issues of sustainability and clean water; the Water Project, an ensemble of 6 lessons I developed for elementary students: they all reflect my twin aims of social engagement and participatory art.

My work has been shown in exhibitions at venues such as ZER01 Biennial, the SubZERO festival, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Currents 2012: the Santa Fe International New Media Festival, the San Diego Museum of Art, The California Center for the Arts, Oceanside Museum of Art, Rosalux Gallery, Mac Paris (France). I had personal exhibitions at the de Saisset Museum of Art and History in Santa Clara, Art Produce Gallery, The San Diego Art Institute.

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