ecosystem

grounding

I am accountable to communities in Chicago and Minneapolis. As an artist and organizer, I strive to be in solidarity with other communities of color to fight for Black and queer liberation, Indigenous sovereignty, the end of empire and climate justice. My intention is to push all of us to imagine futures beyond this current dimension, and to make art that fuels action.

My art roots Asian American folks in collective struggle by visualizing narratives and illuminating concepts of abolition, community care and generational curse-breaking. Currently, I organize with Nikkei Uprising, A Just Chi’s Abolition & Community Building Workgroup, and the Tsuru for Solidarity Prisons and Policing Workgroup. 

photo by alec ozawa
photo by sydney aiko hamamoto

working values

MUTUAL COLLABORATION
  • Transparent & scalable pricing structures
  • Prompt & honest communication
  • Health & safety prioritized over output
  • Willingness to learn & receive feedback
DEEP, CAREFUL STORYTELLING
  • Research-based visuals, symbols, and references
  • Investment in relationship building
  • Visuals shaaped with an analysis of power and agency
PROACTIVE VISUAL REPRESENTATION
  • Reflecting communities accurately in respects to race, age, class, gender
  • Representing folks most marginalized & excluded from mainstream visual media
    • Disabled people
    • Fat folks
    • Trans & non-binary folks
    • Dark skinned folks
    • Muslim, Sikh, & Jewish folks
    • Children & elders
    • …and folks at the intersections of these identities

orgs i’ve worked with

I have worked with and learned from many organizing campaigns, groups, and organizations. As either a volunteer or contractor I have created art with:

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago
  • Central Florida Climate Action
  • Close Rikers Campaign
  • Coalition for Asian American Leaders
  • Corporate Accountability
  • Dissenters
  • End Money Bond Coalition
  • Erase the Database Coalition
  • Fight for Renters’ Coop Cielo sin Limites
  • For the People Artist Collective
  • Green New Deal Network
  • Japanese American Services Center Archives
  • LUYA poetry
  • Nikkei Abolition Study Group
  • Nikkei Uprising Chicago
  • Organized Communities Against Deportation
  • Parks & Power Minneapolis
  • Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
  • RadAZNs in the Twin Cities
  • Reclaim the Block
  • SOUL in Chicago
  • The Catalyst Project – Ann Braden Fellowship
  • The Kairos Fellowship
  • Tsuru for Solidarity
  • University of California’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health Center
  • University of Illinois Chicago’s Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

artists in community – referrals

I’m blessed to exist within a vibrant interdependent ecosystem of creatives. Here are some that are currently open to contract (list in progress):

Illustrators

Graphic Designers

Graphic Recorders

Web designers

Motion Graphics

Muralists

this referral page is modeled after laura chow reeve’s constellation page!