Artist: Kiyomi Fukui
Exhibition: Conversation on Conflict
Media: Crafts, origami, paper, furniture
Gallery: Artist website
About the Artist
Kiyomi Fukui is local Long Beach artist who graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from La Sierra University and an MFA in Printmaking from California State University Long Beach. Her recent exhibitions have primarily taken place in the local area in places such as Biola University, La Mirada, and Los Angeles. Most of her contemporary art aims to capture transient intimacy that we don’t normally see portrayed in the mainstream media.
Conversation on Conflict:
The aesthetics of this piece include finely folded origami and a soft intimate setting. The materials used to set setting is a broken circular cushion that’s split into quarters, while encircling a glass table filled with piece of text. Regarding colors, there isn’t anything particularly outstanding; I’m assuming this is purposeful in order to not distract from what Kiyomi is trying to get portray. Off to the edge of the room there small shelf platforms holding the selection of origami overlooking the center of the room.
If I recall, Kiyomi briefly went over how she found inspiration for this piece from the many difficult conversations with her father she had about her family’s past, coming to terms with her identity, and feeling like an “other.” The muted, “boring,” colors ironically bring attention to the artwork as a whole. It looks like Kiyomi is trying to tackle the importance of cherishing what the impermanent things are in our lives. Sometimes they can be overlooked, and we won’t realize how good we have it until they’re gone.
I really agree with Kiyomi’s message in the piece. It’s not vibrant by any means, but the statement it makes is really important. When I was looking at the center piece of the artwork, it reminds me of the moments where we finally decide to have those conversations that we feel are difficult for us to have. Sometimes we need to be able to have those conversations to be at ease and find some solace.