Oskar’s approach is informed through immersing herself in processes and community to seek authenticity in intersectionality and shifting narratives. She fosters spaces and brings her own story to life, creating with integrity to advance community progress and thoughtfully navigating through to address systemic and social change.
She began as a singer-songwriter, and was lead vocalist for Hmong hip hop funk band Post Nomadic Syndrome (PosNoSys). Expanding her writing and music into theater and prose through MU Performance Arts’s Jerome New Works program, she wrote WOMN + WOMN, a musical about three generations of Hmong queer women and their intricate relationships. As a fashion artist under her label Os.Couture (est.2006), she is an artrepreneur as she continues to create from the complexities of identity, culture, gender and social justice. Oskar received technical training at MCTC in the Apparel Technologies to hone in her skills as a designer. As a cultural producer, she organizes platforms to create space to showcase her work along with alternative, underrepresented works from her communities, including through SOY New Year, Fresh Traditions Fashion Shows, Twin Cities Pride and Hmong MN Day at State Fair. She is currently collaborating with social enterprise Red Green Rivers to release a limited collection of accessories designed in the U.S. and sourced from Southeast Asian artisans coming Spring/Summer 2017 and working to launch an artshare pilot featuring Hmong art as part of the Hmong Farmers' Association (HAFA) Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the Twin Cities, that would deepen the experience of Hmong culture, art and food in an unprecedented way.
As an Artist Organizer, she led several creative placemaking initiatives, such as Little Mekong Night Markets, Artify Hamline Station and Victoria Theater Arts Initiative to build more thoughtful community development engagement through local artist communities. She spent much of her early career working with Center for Hmong Arts and Talent and Shades of Yellow in organizational and program development. She also serves as a creative thought leader on committees such as the CreativeMN report, and MN Compass Arts + Culture + Data advisory group and is a consultant on special projects for organizations like the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Oskar is a past grantee of the Minnesota State Arts Board, Pfund Scholarship program (Linde-Ostrander fund), Twin Cities Pride Art Gallery Chairman award recipient and has been recognized as a Next Generation of LGBT Leaders, a reception hosted by Vice-President Biden & Dr. Jill Biden.
Her work “Little Black Shhh” – Part Un and Part Deux, a photo series exploring feminine masculinity in collaboration with photographers Cam Xiong and Karen Nou Yang, respectively, has been featured in “We Are Hmong Minnesota” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center commemorating 40 years since the Hmong community resettled in Minnesota and has since been shown nationally.
Oskar enjoys crafting and wordling, sharing food, culture and conversations.