Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco is originally from Yigu, Guåhan (Guam). They are a multidisciplinary artist that draws from their CHamoru heritage and Queer experiences. For Roquin, it is imperative that their work honors cultural customs that have survived throughout generations, and has been persevered in the face of colonial erasure. Without acknowledging these international practices and learning where they come from, their work would not hold the solid foundation it maintains as contemporary Pasifika art. Because of this, their work is able to take on new shapes and experimental forms, innovative combinations of materials, and the building of cross-cultural relationships that may not have happened otherwise.
Today, Roquin has been weaving steadily for about 14 years. However, their practice is not limited to hats, baskets, mats, and other conventional woven items. Expanding beyond recreating artifacts, they breathe new life into these techniques and artforms. They see weaving as soft sculpture and very innovative in nature, which lends a flexibility to their approach to weaving.
Beyond their contemporary visual art and larger installations, Roquin also focuses on Pasifika fashion that merges couture designs with hand-woven garments & accessories. With their keen understanding of the complex mechanics and mathematics of weaving, Roquin has created jaw-dropping all-woven gowns, harnesses, masks, & more. "We've always been expanding on things... so don't be afraid to start new traditions. Innovation is a tradition in it of itself and traditions have to start somewhere."
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