On display in the Young Lounge through December.
“Many of my pieces were influenced by places I visited and experiences I had while touring Japan during an artist exchange program in 2014. From Higanbana flowers growing alongside rice fields and a dinner of fish bone crackers, to a golden pavilion, Japanese fishing nets, and kanji script; I found that I was inspired most by the simple things I found in this beautiful country.”
“Working with color, focusing on pattern, texture and line, I enjoy creating art that brings focus to objects and views that others may miss.” In Japan this is called ” Wabi-sabi” which centers on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. This aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” Shiga, Japan and Michigan are “sister states”. Using silk from a shopping excursion in Kyoto and wool from sheep in Michigan, I felted these materials together as a metaphor for the binding of our countries and cultures.