KOKORO / HEART
After many steps taken, kilometers traveled, climbing and descending mountains and stairs, one realizes that the most important journey is the one taken inside ourselves. This expedition leads us to scrutinize the tenor of our beliefs, feelings, and thoughts and find ourselves filled with the strangeness of dreams and fears. This exhibition is the story of one of these voyages where external movement translates into internal action, seeking to discover what lies within ourselves.
The motivation to begin this journey was to meet the Yōkai: mythical beings of Japanese folklore whose images can vary from an animated teapot to a giant skeleton, going through countless hybrid creatures with the premise that all that is supernatural and inexplicable is a potential Yōkai. These beings take form by using everyday objects and well-known images, combining them with details of stories and anecdotes in which they feature, and using the known to define the unknown.
Using the same dynamic of making the intangible visible, and drawing inspiration from the explorer's curiosity, these artworks present a small selection of the discoveries of this voyage. Kokoro, the Japanese word for "heart," signals to the home place par excellence of the strangeness of our being.
The show consists of 27 framed assemblages composed of cutout drawings in colored pencils, acrylic, watercolor, ink, and graphite, and occasionally, found objects.