Contact 2018

In this 5th Contact Show, the theme: “CONTACT ZONE offers a comprehensive survey of contemporary art in Hawai’i, with a critical focus on what it means to live, coexist, and be from and transplant to Hawai’i, ” says Josh Tengan, exhibition manager of CONTACT.

Title: AmiNETworks  (編み/網)
Size: 3.5′ x 12.5′ (1m x 3.75m)
Materials: Ghost Nets, Telephone Wire, Annodized Copper Wire, Fiber, Hi’a
Artist Statement:
I live at the collision-prone intersection of social curiousity + Military (but not really) + Environmentalism, suturing a life between Hawai’i and Japan.
My connection to any specific land is light. I grasp my network of friends tightly as it is my only lifeline, my communication. My roots are shallow. A ghost net drifting as directives, unseen like the tides, wash me ashore.
Stitches are connections, ever creating relationships and collections. Orders pulling me pack out to see to drift again, testing the strength of every stitch, demanding to know how tight is each row woven, and demonstrating how much is lost through a loose stitch or two.
Stitching the fabric of a loose kind of tapestry starting with Ghost Nets collected on the beaches piecing together a community. The word for both netting (編み) and network (網)in Japanese is ami, which is also the word for things made of yarn. It is knit groups in both countries that has helped me stitch a life together.
I continue to grapple with my impact in Hawai’i, on the planet, with my activities, both physically and with the people I meet. Am I stitching a beautiful community together as is my hope?
^So what do each of the items I’ve added represent?
My first experiences coming to Hawai’i were from Japan, not the Mainland. I came with Japanese friends, surrounded by them and their happiness during their package wedding in Waikiki. I am surrounded by the sakura, cherry blossoms, in Japan. The popular motif stays throughout the year, long past the quick blooming season, ubiquitous.
^The third time I arrived, I stuck, like the Helmet Urchin I researched for a project, and recreated in wire crochet.
^Did an artist residency in Cairns, Australia researching the native butterflies and the ancient tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland for a Wire Crocheted installation at the Cairns Botanic Gardens. I returned to Hawai’i with the same intention. To study the native plants as my way to connect and become familiar with my new home. I found so much more than expected, a fascinating history that paralleled its complex human history.
^Designed and crocheted Crown Flowers to create a lei. I chose to show it in progress as my experiences in Hawai’i continue to grow also.
^ Two Different kinds Ghost Netting crocheted together…
^ Signature Tag
Huge THANK YOUs to so many:
Pu’uhonua Society – Maile Meyer, Josh Tengan
My community @729studios.
Ghost Net Beach Cleanups by MKCarrolKirsten Carlson through a Kailua Kayak Beach Cleanup activity.
M33ms for her creative art directions,
Aloha Knitters, Knitting around Tokyo, & Yokohama Crafters = My ami networks! And
Johnny Yu, who teaches net making workshops at Na Mea & handmade the hi’a (net making shuttles) I used to complete the tapestry.
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