Contemplation is a central theme in my work—the process of creating, the objects placed within the forms or a combination. The viewer is invited to regard the works as prompts to uncover memories, recognize images, and to create their own stories and meditations. Much of the imagery in the work comes from my Japanese ancestral background, and the five formative years that I spent living and working there, but I find that people from many walks of life respond to them.
The pottery forms are process meditations. The coil method of making them is circular, the thinning and stretching of the clay walls is created by a rhythm of motions which is at once calming and searching.
The openings in the “Niche” series wall pieces are like windows that display objects or images for contemplation. These are inspired by the niches or reliquaries that one sees near Japanese temples and shrines that often contain statuary and stones left by pilgrims as well as by the Japanese concept of the tokonoma, an alcove, usually near the entrance to a home, where a wall hanging or flower arrangement is displayed.
Impermanence has always been in my thought process. Events of the last few years have made me more strongly aware of the fleeting nature of everything-- a theme I would like to express in my work. From the changing environment to the inevitable flow of birth, life and death , nothing is static.
Interpretation of the works is left to the viewer—meaning is derived from the way people respond to images differently depending on their cultural or personal background. This is the intent of my work: through the use of familiar images or objects in an unfamiliar context; through rhythmic forms, an artistic koan or meditative puzzle is created for the viewer to contemplate.