Age: 21

Hometown: Foster City, CA

Generation: 2nd - Nisei

Biography: Erika Kodama is currently a fourth-year art major at UC Santa Barbara. Most of her art is through photography, printmaking, and mixed media work. Besides making art, in her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, thrifting, and finding new music. 

Name of Piece: Things Are Better Now

This photo series is meant to show my progression with mental illness. Within this journey, my hands have been with me, whether they serve me harmfully or auspiciously. I have transitioned from designating my vigor from self-harm and clenching onto pain, to making the conscious effort to convey this energy into positive self-expression and creativity. Through this process, I have been able to feel love and appreciation for my hands and all they have dealt with.