Imminent Mode: Revolution Resist

Adé Cônnére hosted and toured us through this street front runway fashion experience and the looks were to be admired. Dresses made to move held up by womxn ready to resist.


I was there to see Amanda Franz and Devon Yan’s post-apocalyptic hive queen look and I was not disappointed. Rae showed up to shoot the look and ended modeling instead. The candids are always my favorite. Shout out to all the Chihuly fam in and around the building.



Folklife 2017

We didn’t get to attend last year, so Folklife was high on my list of priorities this year. I even brought de rhythm!



Check out my Folklife Video on the Wrays of Sunshine Youtube Channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Yes yes yes yes! Folklife was TENDER. Next year I’ll have a better camera set-up and I’ll be able to capture more, but no complaints. A good time was had by all.

❤ Does your town have any cool festivals? Populate them and report back!



Utopia Neighborhood Club: a Student Response Pt II at Jacob Lawrence Gallery

It’s been 100 years since Jacob Lawrence, the incredible being and painter, was born. To celebrate they put out a call for work that “was not limited to objects but open to proposals for events that could take place in the Gallery, new ideas for the operation of the Gallery, manifestos concerning the Gallery’s stated goals, etc.”

Utopia is No-Place, and therefore it is left up to all of us to find it. —Stephen Duncombe

My response is Within Range, a suite of artwork pertaining to the imagining of a post-apocalyptic world in the form of abstracted landscapes, gestural musings and mixed media. Visitors and I will collaborate to create a mural, our perfect world. It’s a nonsensical, potentially derelict environment but it is ours and good things are happening. Obstructing and yet enhancing the view is Distortion, a sculptural element made from recycled materials.

It is an honor in the extreme to have my art hang in the room beside Jacob Lawrence’s. It’s . I have gratitude by the heap for departing director Scott Lawrimore, new director Emily Zimmerman, curators Nadia Ahmed (Art History + 3D4M undergraduate), Sarah G. Faulk (Art History undergraduate), and an extra heap for Anqi Peng (IVA BA 2016)who is an exceptionally helpful person, plus Grace Chakrian for being my first collaborator. And, of course Matt, Honeybee extraordinaire who helped with hanging and patience with no sleep. Even in delirium, he’s incredible.


The Stranger suggests you go, so…

See you there!


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Installing our work at Sand Point Gallery was a feat and a half. Of course the circumstances were different for everyone considering the range of work presented. My paintings were up in minutes with nails and sticky tack while others had multidimensional pieces that required strategic layering.


There were smiling faces around every corner and we never ran out of wine. A success! And these are just a small sampling of the pieces on display.







Thanks for visiting our gallery debut. Interdisciplinary visual artists work play hard.



Photo Credit: Some photos by Sabrina Hanson as part of the shared files with all our classmates. They are titled with her name followed by an underscore and the name of the artist who created the work photographed. 






Event: 1/16th at Sand Point Gallery

Join us on Tuesday, November 29th at Sand Point Gallery for some top-shelf, high-brow, full-on fine art. Our poster, created by the very talented Jenn Watts, features a preview of all the beauty to be beheld. Trust me when I say I am as excited to see what’ll be on display as I am to present the paintings I’ve been working on. There will be something for everyone, and wine!

If you’re in the Seattle area, we’d love to see you!

Unbound Collective: 2016 IVA Senior Exhibition

Having just recently exhibited alongside classmates in my IVA Senior Show, you better believe I was making it a point to support the next round of talented artisans.

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I missed the opening night due to an appointment running over time. [Rude, lady!] Ultimately, though, everything worked out for the best. Honeybee and I were offered a behind the scenes, personal glimpse into each exhibit. And were knighted by the King of Appropriation. How many people can honestly say that?

If you’re new here, IVA stands for Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. That said, you can expect a wide range of work at a show like this. With that much variation from piece to piece it can be a challenge to create a cohesive experience, yet as we promenaded the gallery the flow was smooth and natural.


Tucked in a room off to the side played Alana Crawley’s video wherein shadows and whispers grow as if from nowhere into a daunting character that is equal parts captivating and frightening. Ultimately, though I was relieved whatever it was was free to be itself.

Then looking at the wall text my impressions are confirmed:

“The being in this film is a physical representation of negative internal loops and their manifestation into our real worlds.”


Fiona’s intaglio prints were entrancing, pulling us in from across the room. To know printmaking is to love printmaking… or hate it. It’s not surprising a process so labor intensive can rub some folks the wrong way. I feel an inherent camaraderie with Fiona because we both get down on the printing press. “These prints were inspired by artificial photos of cities drowning in rising sea levels.”

Another standout piece was Emily Adams—aka Emma’s cut paper piece. The cut paper is lovely enough, but really the joy is sneaking a peek at the play of light and shadow. Every time I see Emma’s work I want more. That’s a good sign if ever there was one.

We also really dug this found object piece titled Eye Candy for the Hands by Kayu Cheung. It’s made entirely of plastic gloves and drinking straws on wood.


Mik‘s performance as the King of Appropriation was extra special for us as we were privileged to have a live explanation of his intended response. The wall text offered phony information. It’s revealed through a looping video that we were invited to choose a fabric scrap that appealed to our sensibilities for whatever reason, a pin and attach the fabric to the King’s robes. In doing so we became members in a community. Having successfully completed these tasks, the King then knighted us as we knelt before him in turn. As we returned to meet his gaze, Mik bestows the true meaning of his work:

The King of Appropriation manifests the concept that individuals carry their own unique culture that was cultivated by personal experiences & is not bound by a singular association to a group, nation or demographic. Our individual culture contributes to the interminable fashioning of subjective identity of others in close proximity or social media’s reach whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. We incessantly lay imprints of our individuality in other’s identity through interactions, big or small, contributing to the eternal molding of one’s personal culture. Therefore, we all play a part in a never-ending interpersonal collaboration that is the phenomenon of personal cultural exchange.

Learn more at Mikhail Roque‘s site.


Contributing Artists:

Emma Adams | Esther Bae | Allie Beeninga | Hui Cao | Kayu Cheung | Fiona Clark | Alana Crawley | Sonja Cunningham | Kristen Dong | Amanda Franz | Jiyoung Hur | Jackson Irvine | Alexander Xavier James | Hyery Kang | Cheng Li | Amber Moore | Kate Mortensen | Anqi Peng | Mikhail Roque | Haein Yoo

So what do you think? Any pieces you fell in love with? Are you an artist creating feverishly or more of an enthusiast, down for the casual gallery hopping? For me, art is just as fun to look at as to create. Leave your impressions in the comments below and, as always, don’t forget to Like, and Subscribe for more Wrays of Sunshine.

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Credits: Thanks to all the artists who participated in the event. All photos were shot by Sunshine, featuring other artist’s work. I was able to ask permission from a few, but not everyone individually. Each artist’s name is listed in the title. If you are an artist and you prefer not to be included, please email me.


IVA Senior Success


Well folks, last night was the big night. Our opening was a huge, fantastic success! Thank you to everyone who made it out to Sand Point Gallery. Our food committee kept the yummy snacks coming while patrons wandered through each exhibit.


I overheard some great conversation. There was truly something for everyone.

The lesson learned? The big takeaway: there is an insane amount of work that goes into something like this. We’re given a truly unique experience in the IVA Senior Studio class as we struggle through our own process while also seeing our classmates through it as well. There are some truly talented, hard-working individuals in my class. I’ve learned so much just watching them be awesome.


Thanks again for coming out. It was truly a pleasure to see all your beautiful faces.


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Credits: All text and most images by Sunshine. Image of Sunshine in front of quilt by the amazing Jared Wade.