Day five was a long day for my 2015 Project Space mural. I actually started day six imagery on day five and it took me pretty late into the night. Besides my thesis paintings, I am not sure I've ever spent so much time painting a wall. However that experience changed how I went about and reacted to my own work, so overall it was a good learning experience. Late on day five and early on day six led me to some beautiful colors and one final motto/mantra for my mural. I decided the final saying should be "Go there/Be there" which means to travel and enjoy the journey, but to also not be afraid of destination once you get there. Since I'll be done painting, I have reached the end of my journey and am choosing to embrace it. Mahalo for looking!
Artist Statement for the Salem Art Association's 2015 Project Space:
"The Hawaiian word Holoholo can have several meanings. First,it can mean to walk aimlessly or go for a stroll, allowing your feet to lead you and thus letting your mind be free. It also can mean to go for a ride, to drive aimlessly without a set route, letting the journey be the destination. To holoholo is to be free.
Since moving to Hawaii several years ago I often find myself wandering, no longer a resident of Oregon the state of my birth, but also not fully accepted as a resident of my new state either. I am constantly crossing oceans to find new places and seek a sense of belonging.
Holoholo is also very fitting for how I choose to paint the gallery space. Instead of painting one portrait or one static image I instead paint continuously for several days. I film myself painting and afterwards compress the film into a few short minutes. These moving images allow me to better express my travels, my wanderlust and to fully explore what it means to holoholo. The painting is the journey, not the destination."
The imagery for this mural is influenced by the most recent places I have traveled and specifically the connection to the natural landscape as I experienced it in each place.
For this work I will include Hawaii (where I live, therefore it is always my starting point as long as reside there), Japan, England and Australia. I am including these locations because they represent me as a resident, tourist and artist and are the places I will have traveled to and from in 2015. I will end the mural with Oregon imagery since it will have been, up to that moment, my last travel destination.