Much of my own work incorporates light, folding and cutting delicate materials, environmental design, meditative processes, and creating forms that have both geometric and organic qualities. Artist Yasuaki Onishi is a master of these elements. So struck by his work—stumbling upon it just weeks before the show—I veered from my first ideas and thought it a worthwhile exploration and statement to try re-creating his work, and thereby investigate why these elements particularly draw me in.
Onishi explains that he is interested "in invisible things like air, or time, or gravity." Much of my own work incorporates light, working with delicate materials, ephemerality, environmental design, process, and creating forms that have both geometric and organic qualities. Onishi’s work shows a mastery of these same elements. His floating sculptures are shaped by laying a fragile material over various objects. Then, after securing that surface material, the objects beneath are removed leaving behind these richly topographic forms. This resonated deeply with me; like the things that shape our lives—our joys, pains, experiences...friends, mentors—the intangibles can be unseen, but they all leave their mark. And so, I placed this at the threshold of our Personal Statements show, inviting visitors inside to experience the things we have made, shaped by the invisible things that made us.