Chiyoko Myose
Shirotaeno-Prairie Journey

April 9 – May 29, 2016

Chiyoko Myose’s work expresses her various perspectives into her search for meaning within the sojourner’s journey.

Chiyoko grew up in Wakayama, Japan but came to Wichita, KS in 1995. “I still feel torn between these two locations. I am experiencing the different perspectives and life expectations of the two places. Not being able to fully choose any, I sense that I am just passing through, like a sojourner. I am consoled by the belief that we are all sojourners on earth. In this show, I am sharing two bodies of work of paintings and an installation A Thread X (Meets) A Thread. The word Shirotaeno is used in classical Japanese poetry in association with words such as white cloth, white sleeve, or white cloud. When I had a photo session of the Thread installation outdoors in Matfield Green before the show, the scene reminded me of this word.” 

In The Bank Art Space, Chiyoko is presenting Sojourning (oil on canvas), which in three layers depicts her longing for a place to call home beyond the differences in places and values.
Iridescence (mixed media) explores the phenomenon of the surfaces in which color changes as the angle of the view changes. “I expressed my struggles, questions and appreciation over the uncertainty of place by overlaying the images and changing them with different techniques and different mediums.”
The Thread installation is about relationships; multiple threads were used to tie knots, to cut, and to get tangled. “I made the structure of this piece only by making knots that treasure the moment of meeting people. I ask the viewers to participate by knotting threads to my piece so they will meet this art work and also to think about their own relationship with people.”

Chiyoko has shown her work in the United States, Japan, and Italy. She hopes Threads will travel around the world and meet many people. The work remains “in progress”.