The set of seven photographs from the Survival Japanese Cooking is presented in the exhibition organized by the Art Bank at Art Souterrain 2016 in Montreal! It opens on February 27th for the Nuit Blanche and runs until March 20 2016.
It's a long due I had to do this. This is not an easy process. After contemplating about this for some years I finally forced myself to actually doing it by asking some support from friends and colleagues. And I think it is a nice year to do it as I just welcomed my 40th birthday a few weeks ago. I hope that the works currently sitting in the basement will see some light at nice homes.
Since the arrival of our daughter, my life has been permanently altered and my art practice has been moving quite slow. And I came to an agreement with myself that it was ok that way. I can only do things I can do.
I decided to keep a record of this new life with my daughter, after the incident when she broke her leg, then she was 2 years old. I felt quite horrible as a mother that this happened under my supervision, besides the fact that she was born premature. This experience was nothing like what my husband and I imagined of having a new baby, somewhat gave us a slap-on-your-face kind of a real harsh start. Life is tip·toeing on a thread thin rope. We've been lucky that she's strong; she survived without any health problem and is growing well. Having a kid is like each day is passing by so fast and intense that at the end of the day I'm too exhausted and can't remember anything, yet so slow as if I am waiting for something.
The story will be updated every Sunday. Only in Japanese.
My dear friend Jenny Lin and I have a collaboration project called "Maintenant ouvert/Temporairement fermé". It is a site-specifc installation that takes place during the Nuit Blanche in Montreal 2012, also presented part of Artsouterrain that runs through February 25 to March 11 2012.
It's been a lot of work. One month in Finland already passed. I haven't had chance to do any shopping except the groceries. I hope I'll have some time to get some souvenirs in the remaining month.
It started yesterday afternoon, the wind got stronger and stonger, then the snow started. It didn't stop, probably all night. We woke up this morning, everything was covered in white. I haven't gone out for two days, I don't know how cold it got. From the window I saw a mother carrying her child on a sled.
The website for the Muku & Coro in Rauma Finland is finally up. Phew, the first part is done! DONE! It's been so busy. But I still have the second part to do...
Our apartment is about 25 minutes walk to the city central. Having a baby in a stroller, we have to walk there, even just to get decent groceries and wines. We haven't figured how the bus runs, they say every half hour, but that's pretty much all the information we got. We have bikes that we could use, but I'm not too sure how much longer we can bike. It snowed yesterday morning already.
It's great that a lot of people speak English here, but I'm pretty lost especially at the grocery stores. I haven't had enough time to really study how things are and how to read labels. I feel like I'm always in a rush, bike downtown to do some errands between the baby feeds, like every 2 to 3 hours...I've been doing 2 roundtrips each day for the last few days and this is quite tiring. I'm getting a lot of exercise for sure.
Anyhow, finally I'm making decisions(materials and schedules) about the project. I'm getting some responses from the potential collaborators. I just have to start painting.