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By Kayo Shido
Deeply influenced by Carl Jung, I am interested in our unconscious mind. We store an incredible amount of data by perceiving with our five senses as images, thoughts, feelings, and sensations into the subconscious storage room. They sometimes emerge as an inspiration – I believe creativity exists in our subconscious mind. And there is said to be a deeper level of collective unconsciousness where we connect with other people on a subliminal level. I imagine having invisible rhizome nourished by memories, dreams, images, and ideas stored deep under the ground which is connecting with others to share emotion or beauty without boundaries.
Painting is for me is a journey to my rhizome, to discover how all my perceptions and experiences have blended in mind, and to how they can be extracted on the surface.
Abstract art being non-objective, has no visual reference. My abstract painting is built with movements and flow of energy. Drawing is an essential part of process. I find strong similarity in my work with the natural phenomena such as erosion by wind and water, and tectonic shift. The natural process and movements resonate with the blended emotions in my subconscious mind and I capture those fragments in an abstract manner.
Ha ("leaves" in Japanese) gan ("rocks") fu ("wind") sui ("water") are prominent elements in nature. This series incorporates the elements into my work.
Now the abstract painting has plants as references – but the plants are line drawings. They are white and flat, almost lifeless, or their energy bursts out into the abstract background.
My piece "Dry Garden" (now on display at the Queens Botanical Garden) was inspired by Karesansui gardens in Japan. Karesansui gardens, or "rock gardens," are made of only rocks. The gardens create a beautiful contrast between greenery and white rocks and sand. Meanwhile, I created a dry garden with abstract paintings. The garden expresses a Buddhist worldview about absolute minimalism, and the paintings stand to be rocks who keep century-old stories.