Niki Waters, also known as Knees + Keys, is a Fil-Am artist living in Oakland, California. She moved from the Philippines to San Francisco in 2006 to study illustration at the Academy of Art University. She graduated from AAU in 2011 and currently freelances part time. She has illustrated for Eater (Vox), College Humor, and Belcampo, to name a few. In addition, Knees + Keys can be found selling work at local craft fairs from time to time. Her recent body of personal work looks inward. It is illustrative of the time she lived in the Philippines and reflects on the relationships she developed both with her friends and her family, more specifically, the positive relationships she's developed with strong Filipina women.