A 3-year exploration of parallels between Japanese calligraphy and graffiti writing styles with artists in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Los Vegas, and Detroit. Collaborators: Apex, Denz, Zen One, Coby Kennedy, Toons, W.O.M.E., and Lucha.
Exhibited at the Asia Pacific Museum, Los Angeles; the Arario Gallery, New York; the Smithsonian Folk Art Festival, Washington, D.C.; the Headlands Center for the Arts; San Francisco, Mid-City Arts, Los Angeles; and ProArts Gallery, Oakland.
4 permanent sculptures (fiberglass, concrete. 70cm x 70cm x 90cm)
Video installation (3 min.)
Featuring "Luminous" silver pieces produced by AKSHA
The Nalikae Tree, written by Minette and illustrated in collaboration with Songdej Thiptong (cover art), Sudwadee Suwan สุดวดี สุวรรณ, Chatchawan Rodklongtan ชัชวาล รอดคลองตัน, Niroj Jarungjitwittawat นิโรจน์ จรุงจิตวิทวัส, Somporn Theamprasit สมพร แต้มประสิทธิ์, Somyot Kamsang สมยส คำแสง, Worapong Arunrueang วรพงษ์ อรุณเรื่อง, Lipikorn Makaew ลิปิกร มาแก้ว, Oak Suwanphanich จักรพันธ์ สุวรรณพานิชย์, Pallop Wangborn พัลลภ วังบอน, and Minette Mangahas. Translated by Bhusaba Taecharoen. 46 pages. Published in English and Thai by the Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives, Bangkok (2013) and available for free download.
Inspired by the calligraphy carved by incarcerated Chinese immigrants into the wooden walls of Immigration Station on Angel Island between 1910-40.
A site-specific installation interrogating the history of indigenous Philippine writing systems. Baybayin or Alibata predated Spanish colonization in the Philippines and was near-extinction until a contemporary revival in diaspora by tattoo artists and calligraphers in the United States.
Part of the exhibition "Eco, Xiang, Echo" curated by William Cordova in 2010.
Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, USA
Nylon mesh, mirrored plexiglas, nails (exterior house tattoos), tar, vellum.
The Sacred Sculpture Series
The Buddha Samantabhadri
Private commission to create a sculpture based on sacred iconography of the female primordial buddha, Samantabhadri. Although representations exist in traditional Tibetan paintings, little or no evidence of sculptures exist to our knowledge, until now.
Bronze and resin editions (14in x 9in x 7in).
Read about the process at http://artaksha.blogspot.de/search/label/Samantabhadri
A storybook about a horse who thinks she is being chased by the moon.
(46 Ink paintings on paper, multiple dimensions)
Ink on Paper
Selected works on paper.
Blinded Breathless - 22in x 34in.
Untitled Portrait 02 - 22in x 34in
Untitled Portrait 03 - 22in x 34in
The Look - 22in x 34in
Godless World (In Response to 9/11) - 12in x 18in
Sound - 34in x 24in
I Love You Like Water - 30in x 57in
Runaway Moon - Book of 50 paintings telling the story of a little horse who is afraid of the moon. (Sizes variable.)
Video sculpture, site-specific projections, animation, and video. (Still images.)
Tactile Enlightenment - Video sculpture. Gestures for sculpting the face of the Buddha. Rajamangala University, Bangkok.
The Veil - Performance with face projection and headdress. New York University, New York.
The Silhouette of Songs - Animated projection with live performances by Walter Kitundu and Robin Sukhadia. With Susan Chen. The Sangati Center, San Francisco. (See video.)
Microscope - Video sculpture with toy microscope (not shown). (See video.)
Kiss My Hyphen - Kiss My Hyphen - Animation with voiceovers by Minette and Hank Willis Thomas. (See video.)
Lightbox - Video sculpture. New York University, New York.
Kiss My Hyphen
Short animated film (3 min.)
Word play between two lovers--one Asian-American and the other African-American--jousting over hyphenated identities, and the perceptions and expectations that ride along the connecting/dividing line that is the hyphen.