Chiyoko Myose
Artist Statement

Life is like a journey; we are all sojourners on the earth.

I am originally from Japan and moved to the U.S. about 20 years ago. Moving from one place to another, leaving things behind, and facing a new landscape and culture makes me feel like a traveler and a sojourner. As a sojourner, I have a belief that life is like a journey; we are all sojourners on the earth. My art works explore 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, social, philosophical,and spiritual 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.


I often get inspiration from Biblical passages that I grew up with because of my Christian faith. My other inspiration includes experiences from living in a foreign land, memories, travels, architectures, landscapes, classical Japanese poems, idiomatic expressions of the Japanese language, traditional Japanese crafts and motifs, and some Japanese cultural elements which can be considered as remnants from Judeo-Christian influences based on some theories.

Chiyoko Myose is a Japanese artist who is based 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 art. Chiyoko has been exhibiting her works through exhibitions and commissions regionally and nationally, 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.