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Artist Residency August 2015 Onishi

At Shiro Oni Residency I continued working with paper as it was so much on my mind…and when I first saw the window in my studio I knew I wanted to activate the space from both inside the studio and the street — using paper, light and air. The inside/outside concept was important to me – I feel close to Japanese culture and sensibility but I know I am an outsider and that many Japanese concepts are hidden to me.
Summer Window: old book paper, string, nori glue, sun, air

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inside

outside (with motion graphics by Kurumi Shiowaki and sound by Momoko Negishi)

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There is a fantastic antique shop in Onishi where I found many books to use as raw material and for imagery.

I found an old paperback book from the 1950’s filled with advice for young mothers…so I imagined for myself a Japanese mother: the photo on the cover of the book.

My Imaginary Japanese Mother:

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…and I imagined stories and teachings she would have told me….

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materials; old book paper, found images, pet bottles, water, beads, adult magazines

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Bound and Unbound

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Plant Spirit: washi paper, insects and nori glue

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Sumi Book: sumi ink, old book pages

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Bound and Unbound: old book pages, clothes pins, Onishi forest

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Bound and Unbound: old book pages, metal pins, Onishi forest

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Bound and Unbound: old book pages, thread, wooden skewers

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Bound and Unbound: old book pages, thread, clothes pins

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Bound and Unbound: old book pages, masks, string