Epiphytes and Invasives is a sculptural series that combines archival portraits with milled logs and branches. The wood is all native Hawaiian koa wood that is frequently punctured with commercial pine woodworking plugs, rusty fencing stakes, upholstery pins, and rope. Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants, and in rainforests, just about any plant can grow epiphytically, perhaps a parallel to the social history of post-contact Hawaii and diverse family lineages that make up Hawaii today.
Media: Koa logs, archival inket prints on habotai silk, epoxy resin, pigment, enamel paint, fencing stakes, pine woodworking plugs, nylon rope, upholstery pins, cotton thread, dried ma’o hau hele flowers. Sizes range from 16″ to 60″ high.