Friday, January 15, 2016

My New Mixed Media Pieces are on View at Confluence Gallery!

Artist Statement for Shadow & Light Exhibit

October, 2000 - I visited Riverside, WA for the first time in my life.
October, 2013 - I said goodbye to my mountain life of 12 years.
August, 2015 - We cried over the phone...wildfires swept through our precious forest.
November, 2015 - I finally returned to my sacred home to console all the souls of trees and animals that died in fire. In this great nature all I can do is to create art and pray for the mountains.
Through my new series entitled Consoling the Souls, I am also supporting new generations of wildlife and forest regeneration.

Consoling the Souls I

I was deeply overwhelmed by the devastating aftermath,
and felt what I had never felt before
between Shadow & Light of the burned trees:
something intense and pure, sensuous, rising,
like the birds spinning toward the shining sky.

In the heart of this flame
all my painful memories were Fading Away.
Catch Me now between the destruction and the new beginning.
What it tells me is how I have been loved.
I must love in return with all I have carried.

What we need is here -
Nature knows the way of truth,
the path to the divine oneness.

Breath to Breath,
let my heart awake.
With golden revelation
I am slowly healed in beauty.

~ Yuko Ishii

Shadow and Light Exhibit at Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA
January 16 - February 27
Opening Reception, Saturday, January 16th 4-8pm

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