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~ Treasuring the Moment ~

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2013 - ongoing
Dimension - variable

I identify myself as a sojourner and a traveler in a new place. For me, relationships with people in new places are something that I cannot take for granted. Although I know I cannot build relationships with everyone I meet, I want to at least treasure and appreciate the moment of meeting people whether I will have another chance to meet that person again or not. I believe treasuring the moment of meeting people leads us to make peace between individuals and create a "home" eventually.
In making this installation art piece, multiple threads were used. The verbs related to a thread such as to tie knots, to cut, and to get tangled are used idiomatically to express the condition of relationships with the people in the Japanese language. I started to make this piece in Wichita, Kansas, U.S. in 2013, by making knots with threads. Each knot with the threads represents the notion of treasuring the moment of meeting people.
I would ask the viewers to participate in making this piece by tying knots with threads to my piece so that this task will become the place for them to meet this artwork and also to think about their own relationship with people. I hope this piece will travel around the world and meet many people. The work remains "in progress" with the presence of the new viewers in the space.

This work was previously exhibited in these locations:
Wichita, KS (2013,) Newton, KS (2015,) Matfield Green, KS (2016,) Chiba, Japan (2016,) Kyoto, Japan (2016,) Wichita, KS (2017), Kansas City, MO (2017), Wichita, KS (2018), Oklahoma City, OK (2018), Derby, KS (2018), Tulsa, OK (2020), Manhattan, KS (2020), Lindsborg, KS (2020)

I consider this interactive installation as a collaboration piece with the viewers. If your community or organization is interested in this collaboration, please contact me through the "Contact" page.
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