Oil and silk on linen, 2019
40 x 40, maple floater frame
Shown with "Cane Fire, Hamakua"
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"Sakada" is based on modern imagery of the sugar cane field worker overlain with stitched silk historic photographic imagery of the sugar mill in Hana, East Maui that brought Chimera's Filipino great-grandfather to Hawai‘i as a field laborer. He was among the thousands of immigrants from Asia and Europe. The abstract background pattern is known as is a centrifuge basket, which when rapidly spun separates the sugar crystals from the bi-product of molasses. 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.