My work explores psychological and socio-political themes surrounding liminal identity, cultural assimilation, and the Filipino/a diaspora, all tempered by my experience as a Filipina immigrant living in the United States. Since childhood, I have moved repeatedly within my native and adoptive country. These migrations created not only geographic shifts, but also an intricate familial and personal disconnect interposed with cultural fusion and perplexity. As a result, I explore themes of transition, variant multiples, repetitive layer, detail, and inexplicable ruptures. Interlaced within these notions, oxymoronic concepts play significant roles: assimilation and repudiation, reductive and additive, permanence and temporality, reality and phantasm, the use of modest materials elevated through art, and the complicit relationship between colonizer and colonized.

Artist website: www.readeguzman.com
See Rea's interview on this website