Thursday, April 12, 2012


Mixed Media Installation

by Chiyoko Myose


Artist Statement

My work expresses my personal feelings and experiences as a sojourner and my spiritual journey in search of a place to fully call home.  As a sojourner, I have a physical place where I live, but simultaneously, my mind goes to the places where I used to live.  This experience makes me explore various aspects of a sojourner’s life such as place, memory, imagining, cultural displacement, and spiritual journey.

Right now, it is the season of the cherry blossom in my original country of Japan.  I imagine they are blooming beautifully now, as always.  At the same time, I am concerned that the land and the people who are living there have been going through mourning and struggles after the earthquake and tsunami disaster and the nuclear accident from a year ago.

The image of this particular installation art piece was inspired by my memory of viewing the cherry blossoms and a shoji window, a Japanese paper sliding window.  The petals fall off and form other flowers in another place.  Together with the light, shadow, mirrors, and reflection of the mirrors, I expressed my thoughts and prayers for my original country and the people there.

The title of this piece, ‘Hisakatano’ is from a waka, a short poem, by Kino Tomonori from the 9th century.  The word Hisakatano itself does not have a meaning, but it is a word that goes with the word ‘the light’.  The poem goes like this:

Hisakatano hikarinodokeki harunohini
Shizukokoronaku hananochiruramu
ひさかたの 光のどけき 春の日に
しづ心なく 花の散るらむ

It translates to:

On such a light tranquil spring day,
Why do the cherry blossoms fall like restless thoughts?

Images with different light settings


  1. Wow, great pictures! So glad you were in the class and the show.

    1. Thank you, friend! Hey, we are going to keep making installation arts.