Cane Fire, Hamakua
Oil and silk on linen, 2019
40 x 40, maple floater frame
Shown with "Sakada"
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"Cane Fire, Hamakua" is based on photographs of sugar cane field workers harvesting cane in Hamakua on Hawai`i Island, one of the most productive sugar regions in the islands to last until its closure in 1994. The painted surface is overlain with stitched silk photographic imagery of workers. The artist's connection to the industry is through her grandparents who came to Hawai‘i as field laborers among the thousands of immigrants from Asia and Europe. The intricate damask pattern references the ornate barong tagalog, or traditional Filipino men's dress shirt, implying that the beauty and finery inherent in the Filipino culture could never be diminished by the difficulty of their labors. The painting is a testament to industry’s role in transforming Hawai‘i’s environment and social fabric.