Threads, steel rods, monofilament, black lights, ocean light, and sound effect
This installation Origami Cranes in Blue was inspired by my condition as a sojourner overlaid with my experiences from recent trips to Japan to see my mother who has been ill. The origami crane represents my original cultural background, and the status as a sojourner traveling and searching for a home. Origami also reminds me of the memories of my mother making origami pieces for me when I was a child. The material of the thread often represents a notion of relationship and connectivity in my visual language. I am expressing my relationship with people, time, and place and asking a question that is personal to me, what makes a home? or Where is the place to fully call home?
The cranes glow even in the dark space because of the existence of lights. It reminds me that a sojourner has hope even in the current uncertainty of the place.
While making this work, I thought about a waka, a Japanese classic short poem, written by Yamabeno Akahito in the 8th century. This poem describes the scene of cranes flying at Wakanoura, a bay in my hometown in Japan.
To Wakanoura, as the tide flows in, the sandbanks disappear, toward the reedy shore, the cranes fly crying