I am immensely enjoying my summer in the studio, although I’m still fighting other distractions to protect my painting time. One of those distractions is my own brain, which has been working overtime trying to figure out what art it wants to make next. This is in part due to the residency applications that I’m working on, all of which ask me to describe my practice and propose a project for my time at the residency. I don’t usually know what I’m going to feel like making next week, let alone six months from now. This exercise seems to be coming at just the right time, getting me to think about how to describe my art and where I want to go with it next.
One of the recurring themes in my art (and my life) is the experience of being foreign. I have spent most of my adult life as a foreigner in various places, and I tend to connect with others who have similar life paths. The inspiration for the above piece (which incorporates watercolor, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, and ink) was a photo of my dear friend Sachiko, who also has lived her life in many different countries, here uncharacteristically dressed in a kimono for a dance performance in London.