Holiday Shows with Stars and Code

Enjoy Holiday Shows this Winter: Stars, Code…

In this beautiful holiday season, I am truly hoping you have a moment for yourself – even in the middle of busy time. Treat yourself with quiet time by walking in a park, looking up at night sky (Stars looks clearer in winter!) and going out to explore new things. Stop by new galleries to you :).  Hope arts brighten your holiday & winter season, and give you peace, joy, fun, energy, inspiration, hope and new perspective for your next year and forward!

Purple Shadow (detail), artwork by Misako Oba

Currently, my works are on view at the following galleries. They are encaustic mixed media paintings from my on-going “Stars and Desert” series. However, for the first time, I am showing the work with the “code.” Code that has something to do with stars! It is somehow abstract. My works are often semi-abstract, I would say. It took me a quite long time to figure out what/which code to put. It’s finally done with a help of my friend who is a talented Software Developer.

Illusion, encaustic mixed media by Misako Oba“Illusion,” Misako Oba, Encaustic mixed media on wood. 9x9x 1.5 inch (left: framed). Details of the work. Code shown (right).

Dacia Gallery holiday show 
December 8, 2016 – January 26, 2017
Dacia Gallery
53 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

(F, 6, J, Z train)
Tel: 917.727.9383

Purple Shadow, Misako Oba. Code shown by point“Purple Shadow” – Job 38:33, Misako Oba, Encaustic mixed media on braced wood. 16.5x8x1inch.

:: Visit the gallery to see the actual pieces and feel the texture and see the code, C Programming language () in the art works. ::

Featured Artists: Erin Anderson, Noah Buchanan, Janet Cook, Seth Foss, Max Ginsburg, David Kassan, Nikolina Kovalenko, Yuri Leonov, Shana Levenson, Travis Little, Stefano Losi, Hilary McCarthy, Rachel Meuler, Misako Oba, Robert Pillsbury, Edmond Rochat, Joshua Schaefer, Billy Seccombe, Errol Smith, Patricia Watwood, Stephen Yavorski and Leah Yerpe.

Purple Shadow (right piece), detail, code shown. Artwork by Misako Oba

Holiday Small Works Show and Sale
December 3 –January 7, 2017 (extended)
Limner Gallery
123 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534
Tel: 518.828.2343

The Day Dawn. Love Flowing. artwork by Misako Oba“Love Flowing II” — Psalm 136:7-9 (left).   “ The Day Dawns ” —2 Peter 1:19 (right), Misako Oba
Love Flowing II (detail), Code shown with point. Atwork by Misako Oba“Love Flowing II”  Details of the work. Code shown (right).


More about the work with code

As I previously wrote, the “Stars and Desert” Series was developed after moving to Seattle, WA from New York, NY. I have been creating art (encaustic mixed media paintings on wood panel, printmaking, works on paper and canvas) with Text that has something to do with stars, constellation, desert, and universe, in abstract way. Text from the Bible interests me because of its insight and depth meaning. As a contemporary artist, I always try to push the boundary and wanted to include something very current or something that is reflecting our time. – As I have lived in Seattle, I started to feel more connected to computer related people or its environment, partly because the Seattle area is a place where lots of computer related professionals come to live and work. It has Headquarters of Microsoft and Amazon, and after moving in to Seattle from NY, I naturally got friends who are in the industry. In our time, we somehow cannot live without any types of computer/devices/equipment anymore since they are deeply or lightly related to our daily life…in a good way or bad way. Thus, I wanted to include something that reflects this to my series.

I was already using some scientific or mathematical formulas in my art, but I also began to want to use a computer language, code. – Code that has something to do with stars, Milky Way, constellation…etc. I have been looking for and researching by myself and also asking computer software programmers/developers or a computer science professor with PhD. However, this was not easy. To me, they are really a secret code. I cannot read computer languages. The code has to fit my concept and needs to please me esthetically and usable as layer to my art as well as no copyright infringement issue. Then, finally, I got those code samples with a help of one of good friends who has a big interest in astronomy and who is a software developer at the same time. He was a great help, patiently answering my questions (again, I cannot read C language and such) and giving me good suggestions.

So now, my new work from this series contains both ancient materials such as encaustic paint, the Bible verses AND the contemporary material such as inkjet pigment (transfer) and computer programming language/code.

“Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years it still takes my breath away.”
– Carl Sagan

Wishing you a Wonderful Holiday & Prosperous New Year!✨

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Driven by Ideas and Emotions: Artist as Maker, Thinker, Feeler

 Until someone mentioned, I didn’t even realize that my works have emotion. I have been told since I started making art even with photography. The subjects were not people themselves but mostly cityscapes with concept in semi-abstract way; gelatin silver black and white photo series, Feeling at Night, El Camino-Beyond the Tunnel-, and blue-toned Blue Fire Flies, and color FAUSTUS series among others. People mentioned it on more latest encaustic mixed media work as well.

I think, that is probably because I put my emotion and emotional contents to the work while creating or even printing. Sometimes, naturally comes from inside, other times, I deliberately try. Not always successful, though. It is like meditation. Hmm…Maybe, not exactly. It is more like reflecting, pondering, wondering and/or thinking/sinking in deep with the scene or experience from the past or fly to an imaginary world with specific idea.

The Artist as Maker, Thinker, Feeler

There is a theme-based national exhibition [The Artist as Maker, Thinker, Feeler] this fall/winter – It has been on view at Cade Art Gallery, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts (detail info below). I was happy that my works are selected for this exhibition. Jack Rasmussen, who is currently on the Board of the Maryland State Arts Council and serves as the Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, curated the show.

“This is for art that is driven by ideas and emotions, but that also has a strong emphasis on aesthetics, materials, and craft. In other words, the work in this show will be conceptually and emotionally dynamic but will also have a strong embodiment of form through process.  The show is open to individual interpretations of the meaning and relative importance of concept, form, and process in one’s own art-making practice.”

cry-for-love-two-emotional_w1200These are from the series, [Truth in Emotion, Beyond Time and Space.] Encaustic mixed media on braced wood panel (encaustic/oil/pigment/ink/Japanese paper). Completed 25 works in Part I.

The images such as bamboo, trees, and mountain may look as if they are from Japan, however, they are intentionally from New York and Seattle as applying to my series concept. The Mt. Fuji look-like mountain is from North cascade in Washington. (Pigment transfer).


The concept of this series [True in Emotion, Beyond Time and Space] reflects my continued interest in human life as a journey, and is a metaphor for our lives. It depicts a deep examination of soul and emotions and an exploration of universal experiences such as sorrow, loneliness, and turmoil (darkness) as well as peace, joy, and hope (light).

People today love and suffer from the same issues as ancient people did. It’s beyond time and space, I realized. The collection of 7-13th century Japanese poems known as 百人一首Haykunin Isshu are re-written in calligraphy, using specific ancient characters like those centuries. I layered these with ancient medium encaustic AND delicate high-tech pigment ink transfer of my photo images intentionally from America where we live, which are ACTUAL EVIDENCE from our 21st century as a WITNESS, while invest my own emotional content and imagination into these poems and work.

Viewers will find a journey beyond time and space while knowing the same feeling/emotions and issues that we face as human.

The way to approach

While people told me that my work is somehow emotional,  I tend to work on art pieces with calculation and testing rather than just spontaneous movement of the brush and so forth. Maybe because my background is photography that often requires precise calculation or detail settings in shooting, printing and adjusting that includes a ‘second’ to get the result you want. Also, I was a journalist and the occupation requires me to think logically and fairly by default. So, in my painting process, those are somehow influencing.

It is a combination of calculated and spontaneous approach.

Observant and Intuitive

Left brain and Right brain

Control and  Incontrollable flow/happy accident

Restrain and Passionately fee 

They are not half and half ratio, it varies and depends.

Although I sometimes forget all theory or rules when I am actually creating because I just focus strongly what I am doing for that moment, I believe good art must have a soul….let other people feel soul. I know I cannot control what other people feel, so I just do what I believe.

I create art as you do the work. Calm and/or passionate. Also, sometimes very strong emotion comes up to me first and just cannot help not to paint, draw or write. When it comes, I really like and try to sustain that emotion/energy.  Not often.  I sometimes paint crying/sobbing.

When creating art with strong emotion and/or concentration comes to me so much, I forget to eat or rest. (On the other side, when I am writing something like right now, I nibble unconsciously and end up with eating a lot sometimes… That is not good. I know. ; )

Overall, to me, after practicing, testing and/or experiencing, I would feel more freedom to make intuitive and spontaneous actions even within restriction that I set. Perhaps, this is common technique for musician or any other professions.

The Artist as Maker, Thinker, Feeler: All-Media National Juried Show
November 18-December 19, 2016
Cade Art Gallery, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012

My hope is to reflect diversity of thought and experience, believing art gives you energy and allows you to see things from multiple perspectives and provides inspiration in your life.

Other art shows (holiday exhibitions!) info will be also posted soon.

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Gross? Or Beautiful! – Clean and Rebuilt Public Art

It was unexpected.

Locks in Germany

When I ran into the “flocks of the locks” in Germany this past summer, I thought of these-
Seattle Gum Wall before cleaned

The Gum Wall in Seattle – One of my friends took me there when I first moved to Seattle and I was so impressed! I know it’s gross! But, I actually really liked them. Each time friends from out of state or overseas came to visit me in Seattle, I took them there. This place even became a wedding photo shoot location for many couples.

The wall is located a kind of “behind” the Pike Place Market, which is a popular tourist site. It is on the sides of the building that is home to the Market Theater, where improv performances take place.  I feel that makes it even more interesting. People began sticking chewing gum here around 1993 and the wall has been a tourist attraction since around 1999, according to the info.

Market Theater in Seattle

Then, in November this year, the Gum Wall in Seattle was cleaned for the first time in 20 years! I don’t know if 20 years is long or short for this…It depends on how you feel.  It certainly has history.

When I heard the news last month, it reminded me of  the collection of locks in Germany that I saw a few months back.

I also wonder if removing the gum in Seattle this year was inspired by the earlier event in Paris, when they removed love locks from the Pont des Arts bridge.

It may be coincidence that both cleanup events have occurred within a short span of each other. The collection of each person’s love, fun, and relationship has become a public art, and it has been culling people and attracting even more people to share their inspired memories. The objects and the inspiration behind these memories continue to increase more and more.  The gum accumulating on the wall is the same.  Now, they have been removed. It may repeat as often history finds itself repeating.

Although I was in Paris in May, I was too busy to do sightseeing and didn’t have a chance to see this bridge Pont des Arts. However, when I was traveling in Cologne, I had more time to walk around and encounter the locks on the bridges in that city (The first photo). They are still there. They have not been removed at least yet.

To me, I feel they are art – they were built by so many individuals’ emotions, expressing as excitement and curiosity. I consider those accumulated locks and colorful gum as being truly public art that consist of each person’s life and contributions.

They are now cleaned away; It’s simple, yet, complex.

There are myriad of stories and dramas that have been untold, which cannot be erased through the scrubbing and removing.

Their beauty, passion, and themes, now seemingly lost in the past, are to be unlocked in their future unborn!

It is a new beginning! New gum walls and love locks! New art and life.  (In fact, officials expect and have seen that the Gum Wall will be re-created.)
It’s a new beginning of another history.

At the end of this year, I was pondering about those.  Wishing you all a Happy New Year!


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FAUSTUS New Website/blog Launched!

I am happy to introduce the new website/blog.  Some of you may already know that Misako Oba’s photography/artbook [FAUSTUS] was published by Sokyu-sha in Japan.

140817_cover_fix The text is both in English and Japanese. (Not direct translation, but the author is sending messages in the book to non-Japanese audience and Japanese audience, considering in the different way of thinking because of the culture difference.)

The website will be updated more and the story behind the FAUSTUS will be posted.

大庭みさこのFAUSTUS に関するwebsiteができました。これから日本語でもアップしていきます。

[About the book]
Title: FAUSTUS      

Author: Misako Oba
Publisher: Sokyu-Sha
Color 88 pages, 69 photographs
Text: English/ Japanese
Price: 3888 yen (in Japan)
Limited edition of 500. (Signed copy available at the publisher or at some bookstores).
Editor: Michitaka Ota
Designer: Katsuya Kato
Creative direction by Misako Oba

Many thanks for the efforts of the following individuals
who made this publication possible: Mine Suda (,
Pei Koay, Blake Henry, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Eric
Weinstein, Rebecca Drew, and Jeremy Block.

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Music and Art – Orion

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ―Plato

Recently, one of my friends had to end a relationship and she said she feels pretty upset and heartbroken. The saddest part is that she thinks they might have ruined their friendship. It seems complicated and each relationship and breakup is different. Only those who are involved may know their actual feelings or what the right things are. (The “right thing to do” is not always the right thing for the other party or other people, though. It is complex since we all have different ways of thinking, values, background, the level of maturity and so forth.)

I experienced the death of a loved one recently. Heartbroken.
We all are. To some degree or at some point in life.

When everything goes wrong or when you feel hurt or pain, you may question: why has this happened?

01_Orion1_MisakoOba_manFocuss_c800 02_Orion1_MisakoOba_c900s“Can You Loose the Cords of Orion?” Collagraph, Mixed media with beeswax,
Unique, Variation of 1/3, Misako Oba. From Stars and Desert series.

I asked God, “What have You done?
Everything I love is gone.

Why must I endure this pain, won’t You come and save me?

Tell me are You listening, do You hear my shouted pleas?
Will You answer me this day, won’t You come and save me?”

I was answered by my Lord,
“Can You bind Orion’s form or guide his path?”

I looked up and answered, “No,
but You can, so I will hold in Your strong hands”

The hands that own the stars above,
will never let me go.

The one who holds the heavens up, in Him I put my hope. Yeah, who am I that You should love, and bind in Your embrace?
Well, God is this who holds the stars and guides me in His grace.

Lyrics from “Orion”*
Song by Cam Huxford and Dustin Kensrue
Seattle based band Ghost Ship

Sometimes, I feel inspired by music. It directly or indirectly influences my art or the concept. One day in Seattle, I had an opportunity to hear this song. I was not expecting to hear this kind of song in mid-day. But, my soul was simply moved.

03_01_Orion101_Orion1_MisakoOba_c80004_Orion3_MisakoOba_c950“Can You Loose the Cords of Orion?” Collagraph, Mixed media with beeswax, Unique,
Top: Variation of 1/3 (detail). Bottom: 3/3.  Misako Oba. From Stars and Desert series.

*You can preview the song “Orion” here. Click the number in front of “Orion” (#12 as of October 28) in the link.

When I had hardships long time ago, the artworks of Henri Cartier-Bresson unexpectedly healed my soul and inspired me for life. I was not an artist at that time and not even interested in art. But, I “encountered” his work and it evoked my emotion. Since then, I started to think that I would like to do the same kind of things. What can I bring to other people? What can I do to inspire them and improve their life and serve them?

The answer motivated me to switch my career from journalist to artist that allows me to share my perspective or personal experience in the form of art. I felt I understood the role of art for the first time. Still, art is deep.

“I think an artist’s responsibility is more complex than people realize.”
Jodie Foster

You can see the artwork of Orion Can You Loose the Cords of Orion? and other artwork on paper, canvas, and wood (including encaustic mixed media and photography) at Converge Gallery from November 7. Their CG Projects presents my solo show Beyond Journey of Light and Life. <<Please check back later for updated info and images on each website.>>

I would love you to see the actual artwork and see the texture and the embossing as well.

November 7 – November 29
Misako OBA “Beyond Journey of Light & Life”
at Converge Gallery
140 West Fourth St. Williamsport, PA 17701
Tel: 570-435-7080

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am ­- 7pm
or by appointment.

Feel free to ask me or the gallery (Converge Gallery) any questions about the work.

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Time You Enjoy Wasting, was Not Wasted.

01da_Rapeseed_MisakoOba_Quote“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” *

This is not a typical art blog today.
While my encaustic mixed media work is exhibited at a gallery in New York City, I am away from my studio, visiting my family in Hamamatsu(浜松), Japan.

The Golden Week will (officially) start from April 29. (The G.W. is one of Japan’s busiest holiday seasons.) Hamamatsu has a renowned Hamamatsu Festival 浜松祭り(May 3rd – 5th) during this national holiday that draws approximately 1.5 million people every year from all over Japan, and even from abroad.

Recently, four of my American friends in the U.S. happened to ask me the same question, “What is the name of your hometown?”

I thought to myself, “Hmm…they wouldn’t know of the name itself, or the name of this festival, and the name is difficult for them to pronounce or remember.”
So, as I do most times, “Hamamatsu,” I answered. And then, I added, “YAMAHA (musical instruments) and Honda (motorcycles/automobile) were both founded here.”

Although I lived in Tokyo/Yokohama for many years to go to college and for work, Hamamatsu is my hometown.

02_Rapeseed_MisakoOba_1549One of the friends suggested to post some photos or write something about it. Flowers are not my typical subjects. (I am often drawn to lights. Lights in the sky or in the cities. The previous photographic series has also something to do with lights.)

However, when I drove out near my parents house, unexpectedly I found the Nanohana (Rapeseed blossoms) field, which I never knew before. It is a little out of place to me but I felt happy to encounter it!

So, the next day, I took my old parents there. They knew this place. Still they were happy to see it this year.
03_Rapeseed_MisakoOba_1545I see myself as a visitor, although I spent my childhood here. The city is not small and pretty busy (Population: 810, 000.). Like Seattle, Hamamatsu has both urban and nature. In fact, Seattle is really like Japan, especially Hamamatsu to me. It is a quite big city and has easy access to nature. The Mt. Rainier looks like Mt. Fuji. (When I saw Mt. Fuji this time, my head recognized it as Mt. Rainer for the first glance.) There is water such as big rivers and ocean nearby. Humidity.

A lot of my old friends are here and came back after they lived in Tokyo, or other areas, for a few or more years. Typically, my high school friends would re-connect for New Year’s. I joined a New Year’s party a couple years ago for the first time in a long time. It was fun, refreshing and easy to re-connect, even with some old friends who I haven’t talked with for a long time. You may have a similar experience.

While I still feel it is like a home in Hamamatsu because there is a physical home here, I often feel more home and feel relaxed when I flew back to New York or Seattle. When you move a lot and live in different cities or countries, it becomes hard to feel like I belong – wherever you have lived or currently live. Strangely, this feeling is even from my childhood. So, I decided to belong to the earth while living, and to heaven after die.

MisakoOba_GalaxyDetail_c MisakoOba_TheOtherSide_cRI am always reminded of culture difference each time I travel between Japan and the U.S., even right after arriving at each airport. I travel often but I still very much feel the difference of people and culture each time in the East Coast, West Coast in the U.S., Europe and Japan. I feel convinced to adjust myself accordingly and respectfully. Not only languages, but also my behavior. Otherwise, it would be rude. (Ok, I have to admit my voice is a bit too loud for Japanese people, even when try not to be. I use more hand gestures than the average Japanese person by nature… ; )

I actually crave for studio time. I can work on my art here as well, but the space is very limited and the house is too clean to get it dirty with paints. So I am instead focusing on other things and work. Writing or seeing different landscape or scenery is good for your soul and new ideas. Or just feeling relaxed. Talking with new or old friends is a bit challenging for me at first (-Some people would say I don’t show it, and while I’m not shy talking with people in a professional setting, I have found myself introverted in a way), but always ends up enjoying.

I am looking forward to going to see Hamamatsu Festival this year on May 3-5 after being away for a long time. If you have a chance to visit Japan around this season, you may want to experience the festival. The last time I went was 2005 when I came to visit to make the photographic series of Fire Flies – Japan that was inspired by Hamamatsu Festival.

This year, I will simply enjoy. You don’t have to feel guilty. Happy Golden Week!

Time You Enjoy Wasting is Not Wasted.

 * Quote by John Lennon. The same or similar saying has been attributed to Bertrand Russell, Marthe Troly-Curtin and others.


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Text in My Work and Something about Chagall

For some years now, I have been employing text in a number of my works and series.

The recent works have something to do with stars, the Milky Way and deserts.  To see a couple of works, please visit my previous post or the album of [Printmaking/ Intaglio2] on Facebook Page. 

In those pieces, the text is very subtle and in an abstract way. Yet, there is meaning.

01text_MisakoOba_MilkyWay2Detail_Three           “Milky Way #2” (details). Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax (mixed media), Misako Oba.
* The whole piece “Milky Way #2 (diptych)” can be viewed in Drawn to Stars, Behind the Scene.

Je te bénirai et je multiplierai ta postérité, comme les étoiles du ciel et comme le sable qui est sur le bord de la mer; et ta postérité possédera la porte de ses ennemis. -Genèse 22:17
I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,  -Genesis 22:17 

MilkyWay3_byMisakoOba              “Milky Way #3” (diptych: a+b), Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax, unique,  Misako Oba

 le mystère des sept étoiles que tu as vues dans ma main droite, et des sept chandeliers d’or. -Apocalypse 1:20
The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the…   -Revelation 1:20

03MisakoOba_Desert2_1200c           “Desert #3” (diptych: a+b).  Collagraph with carborundum and beeswax, unique, Misako Oba

Une voix crie: Préparez au désert le chemin de l’Éternel, Aplanissez dans les lieux arides Une route pour notre Dieu. Que toute vallée soit exhaussée, Que toute montagne et toute colline soient abaissées! Que les coteaux se changent en plaines, Et les défilés étroits en vallons!  -Ésaïe 40:3, 4
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.   -Isaiah 40:3, 4 

04MisakoOba_Springs Forth_c2   “Springs Forth” from Desert series, Collagraph with carborundum & Encaustic monotype
(Mixed media), unique, Misako Oba. The text is in lower right corner.
StreamInDesert2_byMisakoOba_ArrowStreamInDesert2_detail3_byMisakoOBA   “Stream in the Desert #2”  Collagraph with carborundum & beeswax and Encaustic monotype,
(Mixed media), variation 2 of 6, each unique, Misako Oba
StreamInDesert4_Detail_byMisakoOBA_da“Stream in the Desert #4” (detail),  Collagraph with carborundum & beeswax, etching and
encaustic monotype, variation 4 of 6, each unique, Misako Oba
* The whole piece of #4 can be viewed in here.

Ne pensez plus aux événements passés,
Et ne considérez plus ce qui est ancien.
 Voici, je vais faire une chose nouvelle,
sur le point d’arriver: Ne la connaîtrez-vous pas?
Je mettrai un chemin dans le désert,
Et des fleuves dans la solitude.
 -Ésaïe 43:18,19
Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.
   Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
  I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.  -Isaiah 43:18, 19

 When I was thinking if I should move from New York to Seattle, this verse (Isaiah 43:18, 19) came up to me three times within a week. One of my friends referred it directly to me. The phrase even happened to show up in my Newsfeed on Facebook. And, more… It was a mysterious, spiritual and amazing experience. And in fact, there were “rivers” and a “way” that were prepared for me before my move. I feel grateful.

Things are very different in the Pacific Northwest from New York City, or even just the East Coast. People, culture, customs, weather, nature…and more. I feel creative inspiration a little more when I am in an unfamiliar environment. You can find the inspiration in daily life, though. Having easier access to nature became a part of my daily life. It is coming along as the series of mixed media and intaglio – such as the work of stars and desert.

Marc Chagall and the Bible

Recently, I noticed that Marc Chagall (1887-1985) also did the printmaking (Etchings and Lithographs) based on the Bible.  He worked on the series of etchings over a 25 year period.

Marc Chagall1Marc Chagall © ARS, NY, Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams, 1957, The Bible, no. 22. Hand-colored etching, The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee.

I cannot compare myself with him. He is a great master in art history and he illustrated the Bible. My approach is different. I use a visual metaphor based on my personal experience on this earth, and employ the universal human emotions (positive or negative) and objects or locations that we encounter in our lives: forgiveness, deception, grieves, trust, love, eat and drink, stars, desert…

I visualize, think over the meaning, research, apply, synchronize my emotion/experience and then create the image in a semi-abstract form.

I am grateful that I came across the idea that is somehow connected to what he did in his work. He is one of my favorite artists. And I am also thankful that our approach is different.

I was born and raised in Japan, but lived and spent many years in Western culture as well. So, my thoughts, culture background, and philosophy have become very complex.

In my encaustic mixed media series, Truth in Emotion “Beyond Time and Space,” I am incorporating Hyakunin Isshu (百人一首), the collection of 100 Japanese ancient poems called Waka. The text is from 7-11th Century in Japan, and calligraphy in Eastern culture. In my other mixed media series and Intaglio I am incorporating verses from the Bible, that is originally under Western influence.

Both are relating human conditions and emotion through life that we can be connected to even in the modern society. Life is a journey.  That is the body of my artwork that I have been pursuing.


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