Weeds & Seashells
Dutch metal leaf, India ink, watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils, and ink jet print on watercolor paper
22 x 16 in.
“Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, I learned to blend in with others to gain security within the society. Therefore, when I came to America, I realized the existence of “myself’ more dearly. I then developed my own ideas of life. Happiness and harmony in life comes from the recognition of individual differences and the sharing of good hearts and thoughts. In everyday life, we are influenced by each other without knowing it. This is what my artwork is about.
Many cultures have applied gold leaf to pictures. In the sixteenth century, Japan developed unique styles in secular gold leaf painting which I use in my work today. As a modern artist I begin my work by computer manipulation, collaging, and the printing of images. I then return to the formal art techniques of painting and gold leafing to complete my work. I bring together old and new icons and images from American and Japanese culture in my work, which represents the history of two cultures as well as my personal thoughts about the world I am experiencing.
In the middle of rapid globalization, I would like to share my passion and visions of living in diverse cultures through my artwork.”
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© Fujiko Isomura