Chiyoko Myose
Rachamim #3Rachamim #2Rachamim #1
Mixed Media

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In my previous body of work called “Iridescence”, the images were created by “adding” actual threads in the paintings. The threads guided me in making the images. While I was making a new series of paintings, I started to wonder what would happen if I lost the guidance provided by the threads. To try it out, I “removed” all the threads after reaching the mid-way point of the painting. What I physically saw on the surface was cracks, scars, and flaking, but they reminded me of pain, being hurt, and brokenness. I felt as if it was impossible to erase these scars. It reminds me that we sometimes go through a similar period of time during our life journey. We feel as if we lost our guidance and feel helpless. It looks like it is impossible to erase the negative experiences.
Although these scars remain, I kept painting with my hope for restoring beauty in the image, and thus this new series has been started.
The title of this series, “Rachamim” is a Hebrew word for “mercy” or “compassion”. For this title, I was particularly inspired by the Book of Lamentations 3:22 and 23 which says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness”. The book of Lamentations was written after the destruction of the city of Jerusalem by Babylon in the 6th century BC. In spite of the destruction, the author of the book believed in the mercy of God who can restore the city and the people.