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I am a Japanese American scientist and creative, based in San Francisco, CA. I use painting, illustration, and textile arts to explore my cultural identity, particularly related to the liminal space occupied by individuals with a mixed-race background, and the challenge this presents to create bridges between cultures. A representative term for my art could be “post-oriental”, which to me highlights the efforts of younger generations of Asian Americans to define, celebrate, and evolve their own culture. I aim for my art to highlight this evolution through illustrating intentional communities and capturing everyday beauty.
Alan Aguilar, 2022.

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