Working with deep and wounded history

seeingSometimes it gets to me – working with the deep and wounded history of my ancestors. Today I had a good breakfast conversation with a friend. She understands the work I am doing about the Japanese Internment Camps in New Mexico at the Santa Fe Art Institute. She’s lived here in New Mexico long enough to know that there is rich tapestry of different cultures and communities and that makes researching and making art about the history of the camps even more complicated. Peeling the layers back can be raw, and seeing the crisscrossing histories of: the vets who were in the Bhataan death march and experienced the brutality of the Japanese army, the injustice of the American concentration camps imprisoning innocent people of Japanese ancestry, and the Los Alamos creation of the bomb that killed so many in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’m wrapping my head around it after a month of research.

My friend said, “you are a flag bearer who makes sure people know the history so things don’t happen again.” Yet I find it so discouraging to see the Central American immigrant families being imprisoned right now.

Keeping my heart open is what sustains me. I hope to bring light and witnessing to stories of injustice and imprisonment for all kinds of people. My ritual performance will invite anyone to participate. More info to come soon.

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A new adventure around the corner

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I’ll be out in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico soon, starting my art residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. I am so honored to be selected to be at this “hub of creative engagement and social change”. It’s astounding to me that I will be creating where renowned past residents like Richard Diebenkorn John Baldessari, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, Donald Sultan, and Joel-Peter Witkin did so too. I’m excited to meet the other artists I will be making art with in the studio, cooking with in the shared kitchen, and exploring with in this beautiful place.

I am not a stranger to the beauty of the big skies and vast high desert of New Mexico. I am looking forward to being in the wide open space and smelling the pinion smoke and eating the tasty cuisine. I appreciate the earthy architecture and the friendliness of the people and the sacred culture of the Native people.

It will be the first time that I will be away for this long from my partner, family, friends and community, and my abundant ocean that has been full of dolphins and whales during this special year in Half Moon Bay, California.

I am full of anticipation for what’s to come, to meet my self in this land, to explore a familiar story in a different place, to continue the creative healing work for my culture and my family. I invite my ancestors to be with me on this journey.

Check out Pacific Art Collective

I was surfing the artist section on craigslist and came upon these guys called the Pacific Art Collective. Why haven’t I heard of them before? Here is what I found on their website:

Pacific Art Collective (PAC) is recognized for catapulting a collaborative arts movement. PAC is dedicated to presenting events that create awareness for International artists, art districts, venues & organizations through cross-cultural education and live performance. Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Las Vegas, to Los Angeles all the way up to Portland, a collaborative art movement is going down.

PAC strives to inspire and assist communities to grow and prosper through pro-active visions of professional, cultural and artistic cooperation. We continue to stabilize an affirmative and energetic United Nation for all artists by highlighting the contemporary, urban, hip and traditional arts equally. When we work together, we all win!”

Right now PAC seems to be quite active in San Jose. Maybe worth checking them out! They look very urban, cutting edge, graffiti-esque.

Opening day at the Half Moon Bay Market, 5/3!

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Hey it’s happening –  the Farmer’s Market! It is so nice to run into our neighbors and friends every Saturday. I have been missing that!  Can’t wait to see and smell all the glorious fruits and veggies displayed lovingly by their growers.

A big hug and kiss to Erin Tormey for making it all happen again for this year.

See you there!

In Half Moon Bay @ Shoreline Station
Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm
Opening day: May 3, 2008

In Pacifica @ Rockaway Beach
Wednesdays, 2:30 -6:30pm
Opening Day: May 7, 2008

Thanks!

 

thanks.jpgWell the holidays are upon us and with that often comes stress and money issues. I am facing this year’s season with a new goal: to look at it as a time to remember what I am grateful for and to express that gratitude.

 

I must say that I am extremely grateful for my community. The community of Half Moon Bay is a big part of my life with all the colorful, fun, and caring people in it.

I remember when I lived in my condo in Pacifica and was working in Silicon Valley, I had no time to meet my neighbors and spent big bucks on dog walking. Now, when we went away to New Mexico, we had friends jump in to feed and check in on our kittens, water our garden and care for our house plants. Everyone did this free of charge, as a neighborly gesture. Getting together to walk on the coastside trail to see the sunset is a common shared joy or an impromptu bonfire can happen in a moment, as well as an offer to help with computer stuff. Enso Yoga Center is the warm and cozy and nurturing meeting place for friends to gather for food and music and yoga and art. It is the crown jewel in our community. M Coffee is another place for friends to meet and debate and read and see art, oh and drink coffee too.

My artist community is an important and vital force that keeps me creating and thinking and being true to my art. We all learn and encourage and inspire one another. I totally respect and am excited by what my art comrades are doing in the world and for themselves. The JFKU Art and Consciousness group and HMB artists make up this incredible support system.

My partner, Ander is very dear to me. He keeps me going with challenging thoughts and feedback about the world and unseen goings on by our not too scrupulous government. He is my confidante, my protector, my builder and handyman, my buddy in life and partner in exploring new places and experiences. We are diligent in keeping to the path of sustainability and making a small footprint with the way we live and energy we use. This is not always the easy or comfortable route, but is a goal we stick to, in our part to help the world.

I am very grateful for my family. We all love each other very much and can count on one another in a pinch. I very much cherish my nieces and feel fortunate to have them in my life. My parents spent a great deal of their lives raising me in a safe and caring manner and providing me with a warm and secure home. They put an incredible focus on education and striving to be my best. They always gave me confidence that I could do anything I put my mind to. I am also very grateful to them for exposing me to my Japanese heritage, while allowing us to integrate into the American life. We took many family camping trips and also sojourns into San Francisco to theater happenings, aquariums, restaurants, and museums. I think we got a very well rounded view of life, even though we grew up in a small central valley town.

All of these connections are part of what makes me who I am and provides me with a feeling of belonging to something that is larger than myself. This is worth more than all the presents from the mall I could ever receive in a life time!

I challenge you now to write about the things you are grateful for. Believe me, it really makes your heart glow!