Tour Artists' Exhibit Place:Vectra Bank, 2394 F Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone: (970) 243-2521 Time: April 3rd - 30th , 9:30am - 4:30pm Reception: April 23, 6-8pm Free wine, appetizers, and colorful tour maps For more info: 970-640-8177
I paint dreams because they connect to the deeper mind that contains the whole range of human emotions: passion and fear, happiness and sadness, hope and trauma, and all memories.
Life is like a dream dreamt by the cosmos. Like a fish flying in the sky or a butterfly dancing on the ocean, it quietly reflects the scenery of my mind and heart. It is the world connected through nature to the universe, to the cosmos, to all life.
I paint my daughter, Madoka, and her dreams. Madoka means “circle,” a Japanese metaphor for peace, happiness, wholeness, and inclusiveness. When I gave birth, I named my daughter Madoka, wishing her to be generous and peaceful like the sun, calm and gentle like the moon.
Madoka’s sleeping face is a dream connecting me to the cosmos and all life … a peaceful circle that calms me and soothes my fears. When I see her dreaming face, I forget my sadness, struggles, and past trauma. It takes me to other places and happier times, and I remember my own mother’s face when awake.
I have given Madoka unlimited love since the time she was in my womb. However, a relationship between a mother and her child is ever changing from happiness to sadness. When I paint her dreaming face, I can find my inexhaustible love for her. When I connect with this deep ocean of love for Madoka, I reconnect with my mother’s love for me.
Born in Kyoto, where she studied Japanese art and history, Fumiyo Yoshikawa specializes in Japanese brush painting methods, sumi-e and nihonga. She has exhibited widely at museums and galleries in Japan (among others, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Kyoto Museum, Takashimaya fine Arts Gallery) and in the United States.
Since graduating from the Kyoto University of Education in 1987, Yoshikawa has been a member of the association of professional nihonga artists of Kyoto and taught brush painting and water color in Japan. She has been teaching in the U.S.A. since 2004, when she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Yoshikawa is dedicated to introducing the aesthetics of Japanese culture to a wide range of people through lecturing and demonstrations of nihonga and sumi-e at a number of institutions including the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Colorado Mesa University, and the General Consulate of Japan in San Francisco.