In recent years, I have expanded from only photography to mixed-media painting, especially incorporating encaustic and text such as Japanese calligraphy or different languages (French, English, etc.) that are based on the individual concept of each series.
Beyond Time & Space: “Cry for LOVE 9-#80d” 2013. Misako OBA. From the series Truth in Emotion.
The encaustic mixed media works that will be exhibited at the Hanson Scott Gallery in Seattle from September 5th are a part of my ongoing series Truth in Emotion “Beyond Time & Space” Part 1: Cry for LOVE. You can take a peek. Part 1 is based exclusively on desperate and/or passionate love letters/poems regarding thoughts and feelings including loneliness or transience in life.
People today love and suffer from the same issues as ancient people did. It’s beyond time and space. The collection of 7th-13th century Japanese poems are re-written in calligraphy using specific ancient characters (the same as back then) on Japanese paper. I make layers with an ancient medium (encaustic paint) and the materials from ancient Japan as well as the images that I witnessed from the 21st century in the U.S. where I lived/live including New York City and Seattle; while at the same time investing my own emotional content and imagination into these poems and artworks.
Beyond Time & Space: “Cry for LOVE 9-#80c”2013 (detail), Misako OBA. From the series Truth in Emotion.
Opening reception: September 5th, 5–8 pm.
Awards reception: September 14th, 5–7 pm.
Exhibition: September 5th– 28th, 2013
Hanson Scott Gallery
121 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 858 361-5385
Gallery hours: Wed – Sat. 11am-5pm
I will be at the opening. Please say hi to me if you find me. 🙂 My mixed media works including encaustic and photography were exhibited in NYC and other places before and some printmaking works in Seattle, but this is the FIRST exposure of my encaustic work in Seattle. I feel excited! Looking forward to meeting you.
By the way, encaustic is big in Seattle. I found that there are many well-known encaustic artists live and create their works in Seattle. Also, there are related events such as EncaustiCamp by my new friend Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, an artist and author of encaustic books. She lived in Seattle as well and her works are represented by this gallery. (Currently she lives in Australia.)
The exhibition at the Hanson Scott Gallery is a part of the First Thursday Art Walk* in the gallery district in Seattle. You can immerse yourself in art.
Oh how I wish I lived closer. Would love to be there to celebrate the opening with you and to see the paintings in person.
These are serene and beautiful works of art Misako! Congratulations again on the show!
Misako, Congrats on your first encaustic opening in Seattle!
Congratulations on your show Misako! Wish I could be there!
Thank you for the comments! It is encouraging. Feel honored and humbled. By the way, I experienced the summer in Seattle, which was great. You don’t need an A/C (!) in a studio or apartment/ house although I use a heat gun and torch when I create the encaustic mixed media. Comfortable weather!
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