Pamela's ArtPrize 2009 Premier Exhibit

ArtPrize 2009Companions

ArtPrize 2009: Companions
Displayed at Open Concepts Gallery • Grand Rapids

The Inspiration

Companions at ArtPrize 2009

Companions, Watercolor on paper, 18x24 inches

Twenty-five years earlier in Japan while on a bus waiting at a red light, I spied a girl at a corner fruit stand. I reached for my camera. But I couldn't find it.

Traveling like a typical American with an overstuffed bag, I flung aside my water bottle, a Japanese-American dictionary, and a few neatly wrapped souvenirs. Finally, I located it.

In the nick of time—as the girl peered back—I snapped her picture. Seconds later the light turned green, and the bus lurched forward.

In my painting entitled, Companions, I endeavored to capture the beauty and simplicity of Japanese life. After developing the photo, I realized the girl had a blue-eyed Caucasian doll strapped to her chest.

Companions mirrors my experience as a Caucasian, living among a dark-eyed people. My Japanese friends not only hosted me for dinner, but they welcomed me into their lives, erasing the boundaries. An unknown writer said, “I love forms beyond my own and rue the borders between us.” Living abroad taught me this.

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