Cherry Blossom Sansei (third generation Japanese American)
As I work in isolation, my heart aches in response to the global crises and so many lives lost. I call upon my ancestors for spiritual guidance to get through this pandemic and the natural disasters with the strength to continue being an advocate for social justice and change through my art. While sheltering in my studio, I create flowering cherry blossoms as a tribute to those who have suffered, experienced malevolence, discrimination and a lack of humanity through excessive force from our government.
Life is ephemeral and fragile, just like a flower. The concept of my work was initially sparked when I learned of my family donating thousands of flowering cherry trees from their nursery prior to being interned during WWll. The temporal and beautiful blooms are a visual reminder of how precious and precarious life is. It's not just about the flowers, but also about the transitions one experiences in life.
My floating Cherry Blossom soft sculptures float through the air as both a healing altar and installation of re-emerging spiritual flowers. Hand sewn and made of decorative and ornate fabrics, trims, and flowers within a flower. Each blossom includes a photo of the person being honored, signifying their life and transcendence into the spirit world.
It is not just about the flowers, but about one’s passage in time and life transitions. Honoring those who passed experiencing hardship, an unnatural death and injustice, I sow the seeds of hope in loving kindness to make the world a safer place and to encourage humanity and compassion for all.
Floating Installation of Cherry Blossom Flowers - to be suspended from the ceiling
Cherry Blossom Paintings, Handswewn Dress and Wall Pieces