updated: May 2020
“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?
“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 very moved. I was almost crying.
“Can You Loose the Cords of Orion?” Collagraph, Mixed media with beeswax, Unique, Misako Oba.
Top: Variation of 1/3 (detail). Bottom: NFS yet. Variation of 3/3. From Stars and Desert series.
I noticed that the lyrics were related to the Book of Job, which is one of my favorites in the Bible. I often apply different kinds of text onto my artwork in an abstract manner in different languages, and I felt convinced to use the verses to these pieces.
When I had hardships a 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 lives 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.”
You can see my artworks of “Can You Loose the Cords of Orion?” and the other artwork on paper, canvas, and wood including encaustic mixed media and photography at Converge Gallery from November 7. They present my solo show [Beyond Journey of Light and Life].
I would love you to see the actual artworks and feel the texture and the embossing as well.
November 7 – November 29
Misako OBA “Beyond Journey of Light & Life“
at Converge Gallery (Now, called Arthaus Projects)
140 West Fourth St. Williamsport, PA 17701
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