The paths of artists Allison LaValley, Michelle Schwengel-Regala and Kun Lian Xu have intersected through the proximity of their lives and workspaces in Kaka‘ako. In 2016, Michelle was working out of a studio at Aupuni Space (formerly 729 Studios) and met Kun who was working in adjacent Heavy Metal Inc. Around the same time, Allison and Michelle met through the local fiber group “Aloha Knitters.” Their three paths finally converged when Allison joined Aupuni Space in 2019.
As studio neighbors and co-exhibitors in previous group exhibitions at fishcake and BoxJelly, the artists have recognized certain points of intersection in their work. The effects of light through layers feature in each of their approaches to making art. Whether reflected off the base material or a surface treatment, this quality can be traced through all their pieces here utilizing paper, wood, fiber, and metal.
Though this exhibition was postponed due to the pandemic, these artists are now feeling hope that this dark time is shifting, brightening, and that there is indeed light to be seen at the end of the tunnel.
Allison LaValley Bio: Allison is a Hawai‘i-based visual artist and UH-Mānoa grad. She completed her BFA primarily in glass and sculpture, but continues to experiment with multiple media, including watercolor, cut paper, digital, textile, and fiber. After working in Antarctica and spending several years in Japan, Allison returned to O‘ahu in 2015 where her experiences abroad continue to influence her work in both subtle and overt ways. Often piecing together multiple smaller elements, she creates organic, feathery-edged vignettes and “portals” exploring introspective themes, such as memory, seen vs. unseen, and the idea of one’s constructed inner world.