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About the Artist: Jewel Castro

About the Artist: Jewel Castro Southern California­based artist Jewel Castro received her art training at San Diego State University (BA 1995) and the University of California, San Diego (MFA 1998), where her academic and artistic excellence were recognized in the award of a prestigious two-year San Diego Fellowship. She has presented her work in individual and group exhibitions in California, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts, and curated two exhibitions, "Turning Tides: Gender in Oceania Art" (University of California, San Diego, 2006) and "Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania" (with Dr Peri Klemm, California State University, Northridge, 2007). Castro began painting Samoan subjects in the 1990s, portraying members of her family and telling their stories. She conveys her tales of memory and travel through individual paintings, painted series, and installations. While her images represent personal reminiscences of family in Sämoa, American Sämoa, and California, her visual narratives resonate with diverse viewers sharing common experiences related to immigrating, living in diaspora, and negotiating cultural and national identities. Her work is strongly figurative; she describes these figures as her saints. They are the vessels through which her stories are told: her grandfather and distant ancestors (represented as heavy, tapa-wrapped forms), who perpetually guide her to and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

About the Artist: Jewel Castro

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 20 (2) – Aug 1, 2008

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Abstract

Southern California­based artist Jewel Castro received her art training at San Diego State University (BA 1995) and the University of California, San Diego (MFA 1998), where her academic and artistic excellence were recognized in the award of a prestigious two-year San Diego Fellowship. She has presented her work in individual and group exhibitions in California, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts, and curated two exhibitions, "Turning Tides: Gender in Oceania Art" (University of California, San Diego, 2006) and "Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania" (with Dr Peri Klemm, California State University, Northridge, 2007). Castro began painting Samoan subjects in the 1990s, portraying members of her family and telling their stories. She conveys her tales of memory and travel through individual paintings, painted series, and installations. While her images represent personal reminiscences of family in Sämoa, American Sämoa, and California, her visual narratives resonate with diverse viewers sharing common experiences related to immigrating, living in diaspora, and negotiating cultural and national identities. Her work is strongly figurative; she describes these figures as her saints. They are the vessels through which her stories are told: her grandfather and distant ancestors (represented as heavy, tapa-wrapped forms), who perpetually guide her to and

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 1, 2008

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