I was born in Åbo, Finland, and raised in Huizen, the Netherlands. I currently call Palmer, Alaska, one of my homes. I am a second generation Third Culture Kid (TCK) - my dad is from the US and my Finnish mom was born and raised in Spain. When my family gathers together you can hear many languages spoken: English, Swedish, Spanish, Finnish and Portuguese. Growing up in the Netherlands I also speak Dutch and I was raised in an International school environment. This upbringing has heavily influenced my work - I am fascinated by ideas of home, belonging and identity as I attempt to understand my own place in this world. I draw inspiration from my cultural roots and my love for the Circumpolar North.
I am deeply guided by my values rooted in social and environmental justice work that I have been involved with over the past 12 years. My work experience includes civic engagement and community organizing roles in various non-profit and grassroots organizations in Alaska over the last 7+ years.
As a multi-media artist, my goal is to create work that both inspires action and change, as well as provides comfort and warmth. My mediums include textile art, laser cut wood, linoprint, screenprint, letterpress, and digital art.
Values and Vision
I work and live on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Denai’na and Ahtna peoples. I acknowledge this not only in gratitude to the Indigenous communities who have held relationship with this land for generations but also in recognition of the historical and ongoing trauma of colonialism.
As an artist and community organizer, I am guided by the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing and the values and principles of Defend the Sacred AK. While I am a so-called “self-taught” artist, I recognize the contributions of a lineage of artists and teachers who have influenced and encouraged me along the way.
I am accountable to my community and am committed to the lifelong and multi-generational work of dismantling white supremacy, colonialism, capitalism, and all systems that oppress our communities. I guide my work in our visions for a Just Transition and our collective liberation.