My Pigeon Looks Like YoursYour Pigeon Looks Like Mine
Deer Contemplating Plan B Sometimes It Is Better Not Knowing Too Much
If I Had Known What I Know Now

masako miki

berkeley, CA

Artistic Disciplines:
Visual Art

Artist Statement:

My work explores the idea of synthesis.  I manipulate contradicting spatial elements such as flatness and illusion to suggest a disoriented context, where the dichotomy becomes an integrated visual reality.  The narrative is based on my own experiences of living in the United States for seventeen years, and concerns dilemmas of my cultural identity.  I wonder how one can truly assimilate into an environment he/she is not from.  I feel mixed emotions of pessimism and optimism.   I am interested in the psychological aspects of how one processes new environments and culture.  In the constant adjustment, I have realized feelings of perplexity, incongruity, and obscurity, are always a part of my psyche.   Ultimately, I want to believe that different cultures can be hybridized and become a unique alternative one.  In this realm, I hope to find a sense of equilibrium.                         

In my recent series, I wanted to create absurd narratives concerning my cultural dilemmas.  I have started replacing figures with animals of prey that become more vulnerable in these unstable environments.   The decorative surroundings create enticing but precarious possibilities. The deer symbolizes the sense of solitude and the fragile structure suggests unfamiliar ground.  In these paintings, I anticipate the animals will make decisions any second.   These are the critical moments before the disaster.   Yet, it seems to be irrelevant what kind of decision they make because the whole situation is nonsensical.  These nonsensical situations seem not far from my reality.                                                   

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