Threads, steel rods, monofilament, and black lights
In this installation Origami Cranes in Blue, the origami cranes represent myself, the connection to my original culture, and the status as a sojourner travelling and searching for home. The crane symbolizes good fortune and longevity in Japanese culture. These cranes with full of positive meanings are now in a dark place in this installation. However, they glow even in the dark with the existence of the lights. It reminds me that a sojourner has hope and a future even in the current uncertainty of the place, reflecting my pondering thoughts on truth in paradoxes, "blessings in disguise."
While making this work, I thought about a waka, a Japanese classical short poem, written by Yamabeno Akahito in the 8th century. This poem describes the scene of cranes flying at Wakanoura, a bay in my home town in Japan.
To Wakanoura, as the tide flows in, the sandbanks disappear, toward the reedy shore, the cranes fly crying