I'm in the studio (and Hawaii) this summer making work for a new solo show which will open in the fall.
Laura Kina "Sugar"
Set during the 1920’s-1940’s, Laura Kina’s SUGAR paintings recall obake ghost stories and feature Japanese and Okinawan picture brides turned machete carrying sugar cane plantation field laborers on the Big Island of Hawaii. Drawing on oral history and family photographs from Nisei (2nd generation) and Sansei (3rd generation) from Peepekeo, Pi’ihonua, and Hakalau plantation community members as well as historic images, Kina’s paintings take us into a beautiful yet grueling world of manual labor, cane field fires and flumes.
The exhibition will run from Sept 10-Oct 28, 2010http://womanmade.org/show.html?type=solo&gallery=kina2010&pic=1
Opening reception Friday, Sept 10, 2010 6-9pm.
Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
Gallery Hours: Wed., Thurs., Fri. 12-7 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 12-4 p.m.
As a point of interest, check out the Japanese American National Museum's current exhibition Textured Lives: Japanese Immigrant Clothing from the Plantation of Hawai'i through August 22, 2010 in Los Angeles.
You can see many of the works from this collection online. It's really fascinating.