The silk store in Onishi was transformed into a cultural gathering by Shiro Oni Studio. Working on my paper garments at the place also inspired me to start a silkworm farm.
In Onishi I had the possibility to show the garments I made not only through an exhibition. Being blessed with such wonderful friends, who also can pose as such elegant models, I was able to present my garments in their best light. On the long shot this is the first step to develop a performance on stage, which will be shown in Japan in 2021.
This time in my second hometown Onishi I was showing the output of my three month of work. On display were five different garments at the Kinuya building. It is a cultural hub in and a former silk trader shop about 300 metres from my own house I bought a couple of month later.
A month before I was part of the group show with three of the same garments. This exhibition by all the artists of the Shiro Oni residency was held in the old sake brewery.
The experience in Daegu was shared with some Korean artists who also happened to share a residency space at that very same moment. And then I was lucky enough to team up with Adam a very gifted visual artist from Ireland. Under all the circumstances which some times made it not always easy for me as a foreign woman in Korea, Adam was my rock I always could hold on. The portrait sessions had some kind of special twist as I happened to create also transcultural garments which referred to Japanese and Korean history and methods of expression. This cultural crossover was quite delicate and not easy to handle as some tensions seem to be still unsolved.
Open Day at the Copper Leg Residency in March. The venue was originally an old school building which was rededicated as a cultural hub for all kind of matters. By itself the building was a little remote but the opening was well attended and a good way to learn to know some people I would later work with.
Solothurn, Switzerland was my first long lasting residency in Europe and believe it or not my first actual stay in this country despite it is neighbouring my homeland. In generally we speak the same language but in detail we differ a lot. Due to my own dialect I was soon able to understand most of the conversations, which was a main part to get closer to some locals and befriend them. To work with strangers who also happen to be not professionals models needs a lot of trust and confidence on both sides of the lens. In Switzerland I could built up this trust and create even some nude shots, which are not on display in the internet. The analogue photo portraits were not part of the exhibition which by itself was quite complex and diverse, displaying a broad sequence of my work at the time.
The Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils was a former military base on the geographical edge to Russia. A handful of international and local artists were invited to held an photographic exhibition in the brink of an annual festivity. We were hosted very courteous and went on some trips together to learn abot the region and its history.
It was one of the shortest residencies I ever experienced and therefor quite hard for me to fulfil my standards. Mostly because the process I need to evaluate and finish a work takes some time. The occasion in Latvia was the Photography Exhibition of the 5 Year Anniversary at the Mark Rothko Center. The event was huge but my part of it was quite modest. Nevertheless the experience and the hosts of the residency were amazing and I got befriended with some local artists which led to a road trip up the country.
At the end of my four month residency in March 2018 in Solothurn, Switzerland i was able to achieve a Soloexhibition at the Gallery S11. The gallery is run by a local art collective hosted in an old building in the centre of the town it runs over four floors. The opening was a great success with a lot of friends and we partied into the night. Distributed over the building I could show a wide spectrum of my work which I created at the spot. Photography, drawings, paintings, garments wax sculptures and some taxidermy pieces showed an impressive insight into my work. For the first time I was able to show my portfolio in Europe as I was busy all the time before running residencies in Asia mostly. This happened about two and a half years after I started again to concentrate on my professional art career.
about a year later I got again an invitation to the residency in Solothurn where I could finish my portrait sessions.
The Copper Leg Art Residency in Estonia was such a lovely experience with all this warm and nice people in this cold winter. The residency was located in an old school building which was transformed into a cultural hub for the area. I used to get the firewood early in the morning to heat my studio up. The exhibition turned out as a great party and an invitation to a traditional wedding the weekend after.