Zest I, 2007, 1020 rolled rice papers, H 47 W 110 D 5
How did you get into debt?
Mortgage, credit cards
Birch Female Catkin, 2015, Powdered green Mica, natural liquid adhesive, handmade paper & painted Mica on stone clay, H 18 W 18 D 9
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I am an artist from Japan and lives in New York City. I luckily have my affordable apartment. I also have a full time job that am working at a small company. Last year, I earned schedule of my solo shows will be held in NY in 2018. It was seems very successful of my artist life at that time. However suddenly my Doctor said to me a diagnosis of serious sickness and I got some surgery and spent in a hospital. I took long time absence from my job. I felt in debt of my heart, spiritual and body. I also spent a lot of money for my treatment at hospitals. I still continue to taking physical therapy for my recovery. Recently, I could see my future with getting cure of my body a little by little. I could say moving forward to my future beyond my life and financial crisis. The doctor sent me a flower bouquet with a message before my surgery last year which was “Caterpillar Went to Sleep Thinking Her Life Ended, She Woke up and Found Herself a Butterfly.” I may am there right now because I think the New York making me so.
Hophornbeam Catkin, 2015, Powdered green Mica, natural liquid adhesive, handmade paper & stone clay, wood stick, H 18 W 21 D 4
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Pistil and Stamen III, 2013, Powdered golden pigments, ink, and natural liquid adhesive on handmade paper, 12 x 12 inches