My name is Briana Miyoko Stanley, and I am a first year MFA Painting & Drawing student. I received my BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California in 2015. I’ve worked with various media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. My art practice ties my personal transient existence with the study of acclimatized plants. I specifically look at indigenous, acclimatized, and invasive species in California and New Zealand. The new trajectory of my work will encompass researching plants of significance to Pacific Islander cultures as a link to both my own multi-racial nationality, as well as to highlight the environmental impact of culture’s use and involvement with particular plant species in specific geographic locations.