Cherry Blossom (Sansei-third generation) 2018-2020
In Japanese culture, the flowering cherry blossom tree represents the fragility and the beauty of life. The temporal and beautiful blooms are a visual reminder of how precious and precarious life is. It is not just about the flowers, but also about the transitions one experiences in life.
As a third generation Japanese American, my Cherry Blossom art is devoted to my family who was interned during WWll. My grandfather and his younger brother owned and operated a wholesale nursery in Berkeley. Prior to their incarceration, Fujii Nursery donated thousands of flowering Cherry Trees and their inventory to the city of Berkeley and various neighboring locations, as well as Fort Ord Army base in Monterey.
The Cherry Blossom flower plays a significant role in many of my art pieces and is symbolic of life, death and transcendence. This work honors my family imprisoned and to those who have experienced injustice and discrimination due to the color of their skin. A homage to life, death and transcendence.
Floating Cherry Blossom Flowers - to be suspended from the ceiling
Cherry Blossom Art - Hand sewn dress and Wall Pieces