Iwalani Kaluhiokalani is a figurative painter whose work thematically 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 of her mixed European and Pacific Islander ethnicity.
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 dance. She shows regularly in the SOWA district at Galatea Fine Art, Boston and is part of Fort Point Artists Community