Research Papers

Within the allowed topics for each course, I have determined the subject matter, research question, thesis, and selection of artworks based on my passion for shedding light on untold stories that provide an alternative yet the fair account of our history, which has mainly been reshaped by and to the benefit of those in power. Common areas of focus include, but not limited to, the impact of colonization, race, gender and industrialization.

November 26, 2021

Converging Ancestry, Identity, and Art for California Native Americans

American Art (Fall 2021) – Art 2J – Foothill College

Honorable Mention as Critical Essay at Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

What role did artist Frank LaPena have in advancing the California Native American Movement?

Frank LaPena’s art and activism have been significant components of the Native American Movement, which since the late 1960s has advocated for the reparative need of Native Americans to secure autonomy over its sacred lands, protection of its legal and civil rights, and cultural and economic independence after hundreds of years of American colonization.

Through art historical methods of formal analysis, postcolonial theory, and ethnography, this paper explores how LaPena’s art is a visual expression of an Indigenous experience of colonialism and oppression, as an action toward decolonization.

Focusing on LaPena artworks History of California Indians and Burning the Roundhouse Down, I argue that LaPena overcame a turbulent and transient childhood to become a leading voice, force, and advocate for his Wintu community and the Native American Movement forging a path toward decolonization.

December 11, 2021

Colonialism: Colonization’s Impact on Indigenous Family Life

World Classics Honors (Fall 2021) – Henry M. Gunn High School

Published at Journal of Research High School (2022)

March 20, 2022

Converging Art, Korean History, and Observation in the Works of Lee Bul

Introduction to Asian Art (Winter 2022) – Art 2F – Foothill College

Under consideration for publishing at The Concord Review

June 13, 2022

Photography’s Impact on Art during the Industrial Revolution

Baroque to Contemporary (Spring 2022) – Art 2C – Foothill College

June 15, 2022

Women in Classical Athenian Greece

Pre-History through Early Christianity (Spring 2022) – Art 2A – Foothill College

August 4, 2022

The channel between hegemonic history telling and community history making

Modern Art from Post-Impressionism to the Present (Summer 2022) – Art 3 – Foothill College

Select Shorter Writing Assignments

Shorter writing assignments have allowed me the creative environment within which I can explore elements of my heritage, personal life and other interests.

November 1, 2020

The North Korean Soldier

Contemporary Heritage (Fall 2020) – Henry M. Gunn High School

October 7, 2021

My Rowing Epiphany

World Classics Honors (Fall 2021) – Henry M. Gunn High School

November 4, 2021

King Claudius, the Mad Titan

World Classics Honors (Fall 2021) – Henry M. Gunn High School

February 2, 2022

Public Art Essay

Introduction to Art (Winter 2022) – Art 1 – Foothill College

February 24, 2022

Museum Visual Art Essay

Introduction to Art (Winter 2022) – Art 1 – Foothill College

February 24, 2022

Architecture Essay

Introduction to Art (Winter 2022) – Art 1 – Foothill College

May 23, 2022

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