Post-National Museum of Parakeet History
Post-National Museum of Parakeet History is an allegorical institution which is run by Monk Parakeets. Monk Parakeets are the metaphor for immigrants because of an alien species. They deal with the controversial history surrounding Enola Gay (here personified as female), the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in 1945. She has been exhibited at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (an annex of Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum) without any negative fact about the atomic bomb or its effect to the human body since 1993. The PNMPH develops the alternative narration to rediscuss about this politically suppressed symbol.
The Kingdom of Kitai
The Kingdom of Kitai is a fictional nation modeled on Japan from the 1960s to the 1990s; it is also the root world of Kiosk of Oblivion. The story is based on my father’s memories and documents as a civil engineer, as he helped with Japan’s postwar recovery and development. At that time, nobody could imagine the negative impact on the environment that these building activities would cause in the future. more
Kiosk of Oblivion
Kiosk of Oblivion is a sculpture in the shape of a park kiosk, with drawings that would refer to what was going on in Japan. The kiosk consists of a wooden structure, a complicated drawn map covered with Plexiglass, and leaflets that viewers can take away. This strange kiosk is meant to seem as if it is rising from the ground, as represented by a “hole” on the floor that has the same shape as the kiosk’s roof. In the map and leaflet, seven domestic animals who were left in Fukushima right after the nuclear power plant meltdown—Dog, Cat, Cow, Pig, Hen, Rooster, and Ostrich—are showing the world of their disaster. more
Daily Transformation Comic / Sculpture
"Daily Transformation Comic" is my invented form for which I produced a page per day. I started this format during my staying in Japan 2011 when Tohoku earthquake and tsunami occurred Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. I posted completed pages immediately on my blog and some free comic streaming sites at the end of each day. I wanted to observe myself and how I changed daily. The reaction from my audiences encouraged and inspired my process and the progress of my story.
2009 - 2005
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