Chiyoko Myose
Artist Statement

I identify myself as a traveler, a sojourner, a temporary dweller.

I grew up in Japan, but I have been living in the U.S. for 20 years now. I still feel I am in the space between these two places. Moving from one place to another, leaving things behind, and facing a new landscape and culture makes me feel like a traveler, a sojourner, a temporary dweller. As a sojourner, I am consoled by the belief that life is like a journey; we are all sojourners on the earth. My work explores various perspectives into my search for meaning within the sojourner's journey. Through the art forms which are primarily paintings and installations, I mainly explore cultural, philosophical, spiritual, and social aspects.

Although my work is personal, I believe many people are sojourners in one way or another. My hope is that I will find positive perspective as a sojourner while creating art work, and that my work will relate to the people who are in a similar situation.
Bio

Chiyoko Myose is a Japanese artist who lives and works in Wichita, Kansas. She was born and raised in Wakayama, Japan. She holds a BA in English Literature from Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto, Japan. After she moved to the U.S. in 1995, she started pursuing art and received a BFA in painting from Wichita State University in 2011. Her works are primarily painting and installation arts. She made 16 major installations so far including commissioned outdoor installations for public cultural events. Chiyoko has been exhibiting her works actively in Wichita art scenes and has shown her works in Japan, and Italy as well. She completed her residency program at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy and was awarded several awards including a Koch Cultural Trust Enabling Grant, a Wichita Emerging Artists Award, and a Wichita Arts Council Artist Grant. She is married and has two children.