Artist Chiyoko Myose identifies herself as a sojourner. She grew up in Japan, but has been living in the United States for 20 years. “Yet, I still feel torn between two places,” she said. “My experience with different perspectives and life expectations of the different places leads me to wonder which one I should choose.”
Chiyoko will share three bodies of art work in her exhibit, “3 AM in Sojourner’s Journey, East Meets West,” May 30 through July
18 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St. The opening reception and artist talk is Saturday, May 30, 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Barrick Wilson on piano and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
The featured works of art explore various perspectives in Chiyoko’s search for meaning within a sojourner’s journey.
“Although my work is personal,” she said, “I believe that many people are sojourners in one way or another. My hope is that I will find positive perspective as a sojourner while creating art work and that my work will relate to the people who are in a similar situation.”
Chiyoko’s work will include oil on canvas, mixed media with thread and an installation with thread.She used multiple threads in making the installation art piece for Carriage Factory Art Gallery, “A Thread x A Thread – Treasuring the Moment.”
“The verbs related to a thread such as ‘to tie knots, to cut and to get tangled’ are used idiomatically to express the condition of relationships with people in the Japanese language,” she said. “I made the structure of the piece by making only knots with threads. Each knot with the threads represents the notion of treasuring the moment of meeting people.”
Each viewer of the installation artwork will be invited to participate in making the piece by tying knots with threads to the art. “My hope is that this task will become a place for them to meet this art work of mine and also to think about their own relationship with people. The work remains in progress with the presence of new viewers in the space.”
After Chiyoko moved to the United States in 1995, she pursued art and received a BFA in painting from Wichita State University. She completed her residency program at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. She is now a multi-disciplined artist exploring painting, installation art and sculpture. She has shown her work in the United States, Japan and Italy and has received several awards.
In addition to making art, Chiyoko said that she enjoys taking photos of her family and the Kansas sky.
For more information about the exhibit, contact the gallery at 316-284-2749.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery is housed in the two-story carriage factory founded in 1883 by J. J. Krehbiel, co-founder of Bethel College. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Regular hours are Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.