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 an Oakland based interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, installation, textiles and digital media. Her work navigates the intersections of her queer mixed race Filipinx-American identity and aims to channel the remembrance and celebration of ancestors that have been lost in translation or forgotten.  Often creating work centered on grief, she uses her practice to open up space for conversations about death and mental illness that are often considered taboo.

Malaya received her BFA in Printmaking from California College of the Arts in Oakland and was awarded a fellowship for a residency at KALA Art Institute in Berkeley. Her work has been awarded the Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Award twice and has been exhibited in Osaka, Japan and various galleries in California.