Contemplate in this Holiday Season…
The year 2020 is upon us. On a social and personal level, the holiday season is a busy time with family, preparing for vacation, shopping, and parties. These events are tremendous but also a bit overwhelming emotionally. Your plans, hospitality, and how you organize things don’t have to be perfect. Be kind to yourself this holiday season, and treat yourself and others gently by slowing down and appreciating friends, family, and your surroundings. You may have experienced many things this year—good, bad, disasters, celebrations…it is good to reflect, but try not to dwell on it. Look forward with intentionally good expectations. I always remind myself I should not be agitated based on the circumstances, which are always changeable.
Japan got into a new era from Heisei to Reiwa this year. 2019 was the last year of Heisei (the 31st year) and is the first year of Reiwa as we got a new Emperor. This has been big news for most Japanese and perhaps not as essential for some Japanese. I don’t go with the Japanese era or the Japanese calendar, but rather the Western calendar (Gregorian calendar) even when I am in Japan.
In the Gregorian calendar, we will get into 2020 next year…a new decade. At the same time, it is just another day. Every day is a new day. I will try to continue to make the most of my life, which is super short compared with the history of planets, all creation, and eternity.
In this year-end holiday exhibition, my works are related to the coming year as a new phase, which feels refreshing for most of us. I am sharing my personal and common feelings in the work.
The exhibition is from December 5 through December 28. The gallery curated small works that are smaller than 18 inches (about 45.5 cm). My artworks are brand new, which were completed this month, and quickly shipped to the gallery in New York. They are encaustic mixed media (9.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 inch / 24 x 24 x 3.5 cm) and are part of the series Cosmos in my Stars and Desert project. The pieces are priced well for this holiday show.
As some of you know, those works also have text such as timeless messages and computer programing languages (code) that correlates with stars and universe. As we approach a new year and new decade, the work titles are “Getting Past,” “New Phase”…
“New Phase,” Encaustic mixed media on wood panel. 9.5x 9.5×1.5 inch =24x24x3.5cm (floater framed). Details (right)
One of my artist friends, an oil painter, saw my original artwork in my studio and said,
“I’m sorry, but your works are unfortunate because the encaustic mixed media look much better in person and it doesn’t convey its beauty in the images online or on computer screen. Nowadays, people look and search for art mostly online.”
These comments were painful, but also true. Even video will not fully capture the texture or depth. Especially since encaustic and/or mixed media works look different, depending on the angle; shining or mat parts, atmosphere, heavy or light texture, subtle text in my work, and depth of the works. You can certainly enjoy more in person.
There will be many different types of artworks from other talented artists.
Invitation Post Card from Limner Gallery
Have you ever seriously sought your purpose and direction? – My work explores our universal experiences with human emotions, such as confusion, suffering, wondering, hope, joy, and love in our journey on this planet.
I build layers of those complex elements with my emotions, traditional and modern techniques and mediums resulting in textured paintings. These paintings are challenging to feel the atmosphere (or view the actual texture) online, whereas the details come to life when seen in person.
Hope you stand in front of the art and feel what you feel. Time-Travel or recall your memories with your imagination. Come visit the gallery as a part of your holiday travels!
I have experienced original artworks at galleries that have strongly spoken to me and transformed my life. I didn’t even know the artist. One day, art got me out of a dark sea. This experience occurred before I thought about creating art or being an artist; before knowing anything about art. In fact, those experiences lead me to pursue art career to encourage and hopefully inspire others and to energize people in the same way art influenced and fueled my passion and life.
“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3
Wishing you a Joyous Holiday Season!✨
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■ “Stars and Desert” Series was developed after moving to Seattle, WA from New York, NY.
■ I often use text in my work. Text that has something to do with stars, constellation, desert, and universe in an abstract manner.
■ More about the artwork with code.
■ The paint encaustic is traditional medium, but I wanted to include something current or something that is reflecting our time.
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