Me experiencing feelings on 2/16 in East Oakland (taken by Andrew Kodama)
s t a t e m e n t
My work is dependent on my need to create something tactile and real out of my grief. After losing my mother at a young age, I struggled to navigate the world as a woman and as a child grieving. In my work I am constantly drawing from this personal experience in order to communicate concepts visually. These concepts are furthered explored and informed by the use of craft—particularly sewing and printmaking—which channels the history of marginalized groups who often used these mediums to activate their stories. Unfortunately many of their stories are not retold or recognized in history classes under the scope of western institutions, so it is up to us to keep our ancestors' stories alive. Through referencing the female figure in my imagery as a mode of personal reclamation of my body, I also activate my story and the stories of the women in my family. It is important for me to create these prints of women who are strong, emotional, faulted, powerful, and take up space in order to reject the societal projection of what a woman should be or look like. I also make this work in order to have conversations with others who are defining their identity of being a woman, however that may take form. We all have different stories, so coming together to share and hear our histories is an act of empowering each other. Instead of one person speaking for all, there should be space for everyone to have an opportunity to speak their own truth.
a r t i s t b i o
Malaya Tuyay is from small town Carpinteria, but now works and lives in the Bay Area. She is still figuring out how to feel solid in the intersections of her queer mixed Pilipinx-American identity, and channels the legacies of print and textile mediums to open up about her relationship with mourning her mother. She wants to use her practice to offer affirmation to others within the community who haven’t been given space to talk about the pain they hold. By doing this, she aims to create work that remembers and celebrates people who have been lost in translation or forced to be forgotten; creating a tangible documentation of their existence and brilliance.