I dream in English
digital composite of pencil, gouache, digital paint, photography
dimensions variable, horizontal orientation
edition of 1
My mother was a devout Christian woman who lived her whole life in the Philippines. When she attended Bible Studies hosted by earnest proselytizing American missionaries, they would often comment on how well she spoke English. She would always hide her irritation and reply sweetly, “I dream in English.”
This composition is inspired by the emotional tension of Sargent’s portrait of the Boit Sisters. Using models from four generations of family photographs, I capture the feeling of occupying multiple spaces and times simultaneously, while not having full access to any—the price one pays for being an assimilated transnational, a Filipino who dreams in English.
This painting addresses the psychic legacies of colonialism and migration—recurring themes in my art practice.
Collection: Liminal Spaces