ダブル• Daburu is a collection of oil paintings I created in collaboration with my friend and fellow Japanese-American artistMarie Okuma Johnston for exhibition at Gallery 110 in Seattle.
This collection explores our bicultural identities and experiences between the United States and Japan. Daburu is the Japanese hepburn spelling of double, a rising identity of mixed-race Japanese. Traditionally, mixed-race Japanese have been called “hafu” or half, which only places value on the Japanese side of identity rather than embracing the entirety of a person’s experience. The title of Daburu is also a play on the double feature of the artist's stories, identities, parallels, and bicultural experiences.