The body of my work investigates the societal constraints imposed upon women across cultures. Drawing on my own marriage into the Japanese culture, my paintings depict an escape from a troubled past and the inevitable failure of reinvention. I have developed variations on a female character who is autobiographical but also takes on a life of her own and draws on larger issues affecting women more generally, especially in American and Japanese domestic spaces. Conflating the male and female gaze, my paintings emphasize the uncanny in the domesticity that I both love and reject. The female character takes on archetypal feminine poses while moving across cultural borders, shedding one culture for another and embracing a level of domesticity that is not her own. Straddling two cultures, two races, and two languages, she experiences the struggle of not belonging. Confused by her cultural identity, she exposes the dark side of humanity and the feminine experience with humor and attentive reflection.