Iwalani Kaluhiokalani

Iwalani Kaluhiokalani is an American figurative painter whose work thematically centers movement. She addresses the corporeal body, memory, haptic perception, and reclaiming familial and art historical lineage by referencing dance practice and dance histories. Using found photos from bygone eras of significant dance movements, Iwalani hand cuts and paints from positive and negative silhouettes of timeless gestural figures. She manipulates these cut outs in a printmaking-like process, transferring the same images in repetition and intervals creating her own synthesis of phrases and changes over time. As both a visual artist and a mover, she is interested in the space where sight and touch intersect, where a painting is figuration or landscape and where assimilation occurs. Her subjects and their gestures are often reimagined further by her investigations into her own relation to the physicality of the paint and a hyper real color palette which reflects a play on what colors simulate paradise and the superficial Hollywood based imageries that play as signifiers of her Eur-Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicity. She thus locates the construct from within the merging of body and nature. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, and is part of several private collections. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she graduated with Distinction and Departmental Honors and additionally studied performance art and modern dance.


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