On September 24, I had the pleasure of meeting a unique artist by the name of Kiyomi Fukui. Her pieces were presented in the Dutzi art Gallery at Cal State Long Beach. She is a printmaker that uses an abstract medium to present her artwork. She uses this special paper that will change colors and leave an imprint, to represent a physical memory of the encounter. On this paper, Kiyomi drinks hibiscus tea while talking about her art. She describes that a photo can also be taken to represent the interaction, however it is just a representation of the event. The piece of paper that is on the table while people drink tea, create an impression left on the paper. Here are some examples to some pieces of paper that covered the table and having the impression left.
Here is a picture of Kiyomi having some hibiscus tea with me outside of her art gallery. Her ideas of the world and art are abstract and represent a very free flowing mentality that I share with her. Here is a little poem on her cards that she distributed at her gallery. From talky ing to her, she seems like a driven artist that loves thinking outside the box to create her art.
After speaking with Kiyomi, I feel a greater sense of appreciation for the “moment” instead of just a representation of it. Because of technology, there is less of a connection to real objects that create the memories. Instead, there are a bunch of pictures, but it does not tell the same story. After sharing ideas with Kiyomi, I feel that it is more important to enjoy the moment rather than to try and capture a representation of it.