FROM THE ARTIST:I was born and raised in Nagoya City, Japan. In childhood I struggled to understand love due to my mother’s twisted affection and loneliness. I couldn’t find myself and I felt a cruel emptiness inside. As a result, 15 years ago I moved to Birmingham, Alabama to find freedom. In fact I found that there isn’t freedom but a lot of limitations. At first I was a stranger, an alien from another planet who could not speak or understand the language. I decided to go to school to learn English for communication. Then I was seeing what I couldn’t see before; there are a lot of gaps between others and me due to discrimination and stereotypes of Asian girls. I began to create art to express my mind without using the sound of speech.
I have always been interested in the human mind. I studied Child Psychology at the university I attended in Japan. In my Tangled Hair Series, I am symbolizing the different memories, feelings, and behaviors our minds create that affect our lives.
I create each piece of art by first making a pencil outline. After it is complete I paint acrylics on wood panels and rice paper from my native Japan. I use fine brushes as they allow me to achieve the detail I require and the ability to paint each strand of hair.
10" x 5" x 1 ½"