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

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

I never imagined that my personal stories would become political statements, but suddenly I find my lifelong struggles with my identity a hot topic of national discourse. Internally, I've negotiated my homosexuality with devout Catholic practices, and externally, I've juggled my Filipino ethnicity with white American culture. The techniques I've learned to survive and participate as a member of society have become the conceptual foundation of my multi-media production which includes modern material like photography, video, installation, and performance, to more traditional material like pastel, paper, wood, and ceramics. From costuming and humor to subversion and irreverence, my artwork tells the narrative of an anxious American guy celebrating this contemporary world of race, gender, faith, and sexuality.