Threads, steel rods, monofilament, and black lights
In this installation Origami Cranes in Blue, the origami cranes represent the connection to my original country and culture, and the status as a sojourner travelling and searching for home. They glow even in the dark space. It reminds me that a sojourner has hope for the future even in the current uncertainty of the place.
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, thee cranes fly crying