A process-driven series created while displaced during the 2018 Kilauea eruption. On May 3rd, 2018, I evacuated my home and studio in Lower Puna. Over the next 70 days, I sought refuge in eight separate residences. During this time the DISPLACED series was created, a collection of mixed-media works on paper. Playing with textural mark-making, white space, and opacity. The work evokes movement, situational chaos, and inspiration from the Hawaiian coastal color palette. Through instinctual mark-making, the color was applied to evoke feeling and structural stability. As the composition formed, the paintings began to resemble something more representational – a bold swath of color translating new earth, small hatches resemble earthquakes, the opacity of new marks covering old give history of what once existed – evoking the spirit of the creation from the lava destruction.

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