3.01.2014

Tidepools // We are all connected...

Last December,  the jellies and I came back to the Portland International Airport to install my artwork, "Tidepools".  This time, a much smaller scale than my previous installation.  But this time, it is permanent, and located on Concourse D, where non-stop flights to and from Narita, Japan frequent.

"Waves in,
Waves out,
Witnessing the ever-changing currents that surround.

This piece is dedicated to all lives affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami."

Oh so much to say.  

I shall let these images tell the rest, for now.
More behind the scenes posts will follow.

A huge shout-out to The Weaver House for all the gorgeous images!!  Thank you my dears!

去年の暮れ,クラゲたちと私はまたもやポートランド国際空港に新しい作品、"Tidepools" を展示するために戻って来ました。今回は前回のインスタレーションよりも小規模。だけど今回は成田との直行便が行き来するコンコースDに永久に展示されます!

"果てしなく変わり続ける波の流れを
永遠と見続ける。

この作品は東北地方太平洋沖地震に影響を及ぼされた
すべての生命にささげる。"


伝えたい事や思いは山ほどあるけど今回は画像におまかせします。
裏話はまた今度。

この作品の写真を撮ってくれたThe Weaver House、素敵な写真を今回もどうもありがとう!





































//THANK YOUs//

This project would not have been possible without the wonderful support and the encouragement of so many of you, in so many different levels and stages of the project.  I really cannot thank you enough.  Whether it be inviting my jellies to come back, or going to the hardware store with me after a long long day of work, or making me the most amazing breakfast on my last day of installation, or letting my anemones and barnacles invade your living room, to just simply being there, I truly appreciate everything that you are. 

SPECIAL THANKS:
Port of Portland
Greta Blalock
Kert Wright
Teresa,  Lida + Barney O'Donnell
Nuin-Tara Key + Tom Miller
Kyra Plume + Ryan Commandich
My dear family




~SAYURI's SUPERHEROES~
You are my love!  You are my forever superheroes.

Kert Wright
Barney O'Donnell
Brian Rusch
Greta Blalock
Bonnie Croisant
Maintenance Crew @ Port of Portland

MENTORS + ADVISORS
Thank you to my dear mentors + advisors for your insights, encouragement, support and expertise.

Michele Anderson, Abi Hutchinson, Naomi Schliesman, Mike Meggers, John Borgen, Yukari Kaihori, William Barclift IV, Stephen O'Donnell, Shannon Richardson, Justin Oswald, Joe Thurston, Noah Keesecker, David Smith, Joe + Genie Patrick, Debra Beers, Nodoka Kawagoshi, Kylie Neal, Kimberly Long & Erica Damman. 

IT'S A BARNACLE NIGHT
A big big shout-out to ALL my dear barnacle makers who gathered around and hand-stitched barnacles with me!  You are a source of my energy and inspiration!  Amazing! 

~Team Iowa City~
Margaret Larson*, Mary Larson*, Ellen Van Laere*, Martha Monick, Mike Meggers, Jane Meggers, Eli Katz, Africa Andrea Espina Talamilla, Kimberly Long, Hannah Papineschi, Julian Fleck, Lucie Heck, Pamela Olson, Heather Atkinson, Elizabeth Munger, Noah Keesecker, Schuyler Rahe-Dingbaum, Amber O'Harrow, Mollie Goldstrom*, Jarrett Mitchell, Rebecca Raw*, Tom Oates, Eleanor Oates, Lynne Currie, Jeff Bell, Marion Stern + Rosalynn, Forrest Meggers, Georgette Stern*, Luzi, Maelin & Eila, Anton Jones and Brian.

~Team St. Johns, PDX~
Special thanks to Kert Wright, Babs Adamski and Dre Davey for making this happen!!
Shanon Schollian, Katie + Chris Knox, Ryan Comandich, Kyra Plume, Kirsten Comandich, Laurel Nakanishi, Emily Krafft, Teresa O'Donnell, Saori Willis, Lucy Park, Yoshimi Ito, Sakiko Setaka, Yuri Baxter-Neal, Barb Erlich, Jess Beck, Jessica Jones, Jessica Dennison, Marica Thompson, Amanda Vogelbaum, Jenny Rollins, Annie LoPresti, Jaime Carse, and Bekki Sims.





This is a project that really reminded me that we are all connected.  Whether it be by the big big body of water, or by the amazing and beautiful souls and energy that are around us.


みんな繋がっているんだなと実感させられるプロジェクトでした。

THANK YOU ALL!

みんなどうもありがとう!
 


All images by the amazing The Weaver House.

For behind-the scenes process images, search for #tidepoolsflypdx and #itsabarnaclenight on instagram!

1.16.2014

Studio Visit // Artist Yukari Kaihori

Yukari and I go way back.

We met in school in Portland OR.  We cross paths every once in a while, in Portland, Japan, and most recently, in New Zealand, where she currently lives and works as a painter.  An amazing one in fact.

In college years, we went on a backpacking trip for a month in France and Italy, visiting different angles, curves and leaded glass. We survived on baguettes, fresh fruits from the market and cheese.

In Japan, we strolled around alleys and hidden spots in Kyoto and Osaka on the weekends where we found comfort.  It was a time we treasured away from the hectic + complicated everyday life.  

This most recent rendez-vous, Brien and I got to visit her lovely and inspiring studio and her dwelling in Wellington, New Zealand.  It is full of light that comes through the leaded glass of this Victorian house on a slant of a hill.

The pictures tell all.  I am happy to see in person that she is having a vibrant life.

I love her vibrant use of colors, textures, organic shapes and expressionistic lines juxtaposed with straight lines of the architecture.  Her experimental use of medium is fascinating, using a combination of oil based paints with acrylics on substrates such as paper to create a very rich but transluscent surface, reminiscent of the unpredictable nature of watercolors. 

Yukari's upcoming show "Down on the Ground" opens tomorrow, Friday January 17, 2014 at City Art Gallery in Christchurch, NZ.

If you are in the area, please join her at the opening reception from 5:30pm. 
I shall be joining her in spirit.

Visit her website here to view a complete array of her work, become her fan on facebook here to see what she is currently up to!

So nice to reconnect with you once again, Yukari!
Cheers to you and your colors and dots and lines.