My recent work has developed from the ideas of “Unconditional Love” and “Memory of Cells”. The work has a lot to do with my relationships to people who are important to me. It has been changing and evolving along with events in my life such as my grandfather’s complex end of his life, my grandmother’s progressing dementia, and taking a new role as a mother. What motivates me to create my work is highly personal, but I intend to send more universal messages to viewers.
Pillows = Unconditional Love
As a child, I often visited my grandparents who lived in countryside of Japan. When I was very small, my grandmother called me “a little gymnast”, because I used to roll from one end of tatami floor to another during my sleep. Grandmother put one more futon around me, then two…. and soon she ended up with filling the entire bedroom floor with all futons she had. As I became older, my grandmother continued to treat me like a princess. During my occasional visits as an adult, she would stack layers of futons for me to sleep on. Having children of my own made me recall some of the fondest memories from my childhood. In my work, futons or pillows represent the unconditional love that is passed from one generation to the next.