About three thousand Chinese originated characters are used in the standard Japanese language today. Each character has its own meaning. Influenced by my Japanese family member’s strong interest in Japanese calligraphy for its beauty and meaning, I decided to explore this series in the Western style abstract paintings in mixed media. I would like to dedicate this series to my parents, brothers and sisters.
I have chosen characters that have positive and inspiring messages such as advancement, hope, go forward and so on. Some characters signify symbols of objects such as plum blossoms, pine trees and bamboo as expressions of hope, perseverance, and flexibility. Other characters signify various human feelings and philosophy of life. I have attempted to express these meanings in my paintings as well as showing the beauty inherent in the individual characters.
This series is focused on sculptural forms which explore modernist painting, formal sculpture explorations and Japanese Ikebana in a contemporary expressionistic style. Some of these works are an expansion of my Japanese Character Paintings and others are independent of my past work. I use discarded glass jars, bottles and acrylic containers adhered to acrylic sheets, wood stumps, driftwood and other recycled wood. In order to express my positive intangible themes such as “Enthusiasm”, “Perseverance”, and “Hope” as well as esthetic beauty, I willfully modify the elements by painting both natural and man made items, transforming the materials into an integrated whole.
Ikebana (flower arrangement) originated in Japan about 450 years ago as a religious offering. It has developed into a more esthetically beautiful form to enhance the everyday life of Japanese people and is central to my intent for this body of work. The natural or “green” elements of Ikebana are altered (or subverted) by paint and display in service of a sculptural form, which suggests both natural and spiritual themes.
Photography is my recent passionate interest to capture and record every kind of art I see in life, although I have been basically a painter and an Ikebana sculptor for more than 25 years.
My accumulation of various glass and crystal wares inspired me to create the “Reflection , Circle Series”. The glass and crystal wares sparkle so beautifully, as though they have inner lives. The circle shape keeps inspiring me to produce this series, because it represents and symbolizes positive and useful meanings such as the spirit of feminine energy, the sun, infinity and a sacred space. The circle will unite, include and make people feel whole as well as to enlighten them.
Expressionistic abstract paintings in “Infinite Growth Series” focus on the Japanese Symbol of infinite growth and bright future – the FAN. The fan signifies infinite growth as it opens widely at the top. To achieve a bright future, people must overcome adversity in increments like the sections of the fan, climbing each level.
These paintings express my strong hope for humans and civilizations to grow positively and infinitely, overcoming many adversities and obstacles. Ultimately I hope for world peace and the celebration when that moment is finally achieved.
In the acrylic paintings in the Vine Series, I am expressing the human qualities of vines such as grace, vitality, rhythm and striving using Japanese calligraphic brush strokes, and my knowledge of flower arrangement and musical study. Through these paintings I want to share my passion and enthusiasm for life with my viewers.
My studio space, located near UCLA Westwood in West Los Angeles and in my backyard garden. In early days, every plant, tree and flower in my garden compelled me to create my art work, which was most educational and so enjoyable.