Finding Peace

What does healing look like today? How do we go beyond surviving and discover self love while swimming through society’s expectations? Finding Peace is a healing and transformative act. Audre Lorde said “Caring for myself is not self indulgence, it is self-preservation and is an act of political warfare.” Irene Takahashi-Coker’s portraits are of friends and family who are in the process of self healing. A transformation happens as Irene and her subjects create the portraits. Most are not accustomed to being the focus of an art piece. The vulnerable portraits offer glimpses into each subject’s process of healing. Body image, personal relationships and good health are things everyone struggles with to maintain. These are impacted by the stresses of money and oppressive systems. To further build connections not only between Irene and her subjects, but for the art viewer as well, each person has offered their words. The portraits will include the subjects own words about their struggle and healing process. To heal together as a community, communication must be open to realize those relatable similarities that bond and inspire us. This bond will ultimately make us and the community stronger and more empathetic. Along with these graphite portraits are healing fetishes. Inspired by tattoo imagery, hearts both anatomical and sacred, cry and reveal bright flames.

We are honored to have Irene back in the gallery. Please join us on Saturday June 11th to celebrate Irene’s work with music and food.

Irene Takahashi-Coker is a Bay Area native from Hayward, California. Following in her mother's artistic footsteps, as a young child Irene started drawing, painting and doing small arts and crafts. During her high school years she was drawn towards black and grey pencil realism and portraits; particularly portraits of women. She has attended Chabot community college and took many drawing classes under Ms. Golojuch where she honed her passion for portraits. Irene graduated with an AA in liberal arts. Her focus now is tattooing and doing personal and commissioned pieces when time allows.

For pricing and information please contact Amy George-Cortez at

Amor Eterno Arte
1227 18th Ave
East Oakland Califas