Ki to Kami series- (mixed media art by the elevator lobby)
Throughout this series I went on a journey of embracing my origins by using Japanese rice paper. Collaging the paper on wood was a spiritual ritual of bringing each piece back to its source. The process of harmonizing those 木と紙 (wood and paper) jointly, coexisting in one space, was very nourishing. This scenery was inspired by Oregon, the place I now call home.
(suiren to kizuna) - mural
The lotus flower only blossoms when supported by stalks growing underneath the muddy water. Some believe that this unbreakable bond between beautiful flower and the supporting stalk resembles the strength of our ancestry. No flower can bloom by itself. We are all connected to one another; all supported by one another. My hope is that this mural will bring out a sense of tranquility in us, and highlight our togetherness in this beautiful community we share.
I had a pleasure of creating a large scale wooden panel paintings for a new residencial apartment, in SE Portland. When I was commissioned to work on this project, I was looking for an inspiration that are unique to the location. I visited one of their room, and right there, Mt. Hood was beautifully framed in one of their main window. It was so breath taking! I was intrigued by the thoughts of how they get to wake up every morning to this gorgeous view, all year around!! So I wanted to embrace that characteristic of this place by expressing the joy of this sepcial view in my own language.
Wouldn’t that be fun to spend some time surrounded by some gigantic vegetables? This mural is located inside of a new apartment building. This area was used to be Lent’s farmer’s market. So I wanted to bring some history this space. This is a common area for the residence to relax, play ping-pong, get some laundry done and socialize! Can you find a killdeer bird hidden in among the vegetables?
This was my first attempt of combining mosaic art and painted mural. The idea was to create a relaxing swimming pool area which has a flavor of oriental garden. I brought some traditional symbols to the design. Koi fish, Cherry Tree, Pine tree, Bamboo, they all together symbolizes good fortune!
Who was your hero when you were little?
There was no fear…
There was no doubt…
Only transforming with pure excitement, free expression and joy!
Dream, imagine, and hope - may it stay and be real with you.
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One of my friends said, "I used to enjoy talking to a random stranger sitting right next to me on the bus." But nowadays, I don't even smile, I don't even have any eye contact. I don't want to be intrusive..."
"Where is our mind and where is our body?"
In our modern society, the group of people who constantly walk around using these devices and putting their heads down are named “低頭族”(low-headed-tribe) in Hong Kong and ”うつむき族” in Japan. We are getting used to living life with our noses to the screen. Is technology really making our lives better? Or am I over-reacting to Change? Maybe this is just a new generation of group and individual portrait paintings.