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. At the same time, I have a constant longing for the place that I can fully call home. 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.


Bio

Chiyoko Myose is originally from Japan, and now lives and works in Wichita, Kansas. She holds a BA in English Literature from Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto, Japan and a BFA in painting from Wichita State University , Wichita, KS. 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 a residency program at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy in 2009. She has collaborated with musicians and artists using different forms of art such as classical music, contemporary dance, and short film. Over the last couple of years, she has had several large scale solo exhibitions including at the Main Gallery of CityArts in Wichita, Mid-America Arts Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri, and Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. She 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.