This painting was inspired from my interview with Francesca Christine Camacho, one of my good friends who moved from Guam to California to receive collegiate, higher-education. During our conversation, she kept referencing the complex history of Guam, which inherently impacts the culture and identity of the Chamorro people as well. I wanted to engage in this notion of “authenticity” of the Chamorro culture, where Francesca states that Guam has an extremely intersectional livelihood that stems from Japanese occupation, Spanish and American colonization, Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander art, and influence from the Philippines among many others. I decided to recreate the Great Seal of GuamRead More →