Society of 23 (class picture),   2008. Inkjet photograph.

Society of 23 (class picture), 2008. Inkjet photograph.

My artwork explores the complicated construction of an American identity. By observing, researching, and appropriating ideas on race, gender, sexuality, faith, celebrity, and politics, my storytelling is rich with history, current events, and pop culture. As a gay American man of Filipino ethnicity, my artwork is also a place of representation — an opportunity to playfully cast myself as the protagonist of a postcolonial queer narrative. Through research and the production of art with mediums such as self-portrait photography, sculpture, video, performance, and site-specific installation, I create an intricate network of conceptual artworks filled with drama, comedy, love, and pain.