Where I Begin
oil & cold wax, 30x40x1.5, 2019, $1800
I am a creative storyteller who will learn whatever medium it takes to tell the story that is emerging. Over the past 40 years, I've used writing, music, photography, film, storytelling, and now encaustic mixed-media art to explore my personal/family narrative.
As a queer, mixed-race, Black skinned daughter of immigrants, I make art to better understand my cultural inheritance and legacy. I love the stories that scars hold ~ and feel compelled to take those stories of survival, and turn them into something beautiful to behold.
Over the past 5 years, Eliaichi has been a COCA Gallery Artist-in-Residence, COCA Marathon Artist and Auction Keynote. She was awarded the Chateau d'Orqueveaux Artist Residency (France), McMillen Arts Fellowship, Artist Trust Fellowship, two CityArtist Grants through Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and a scholarship from the International Encaustic Association. Eliaichi has served on numerous non-profit Boards, grant panels, film festival juries, and exhibition planning committees.