Remembering Kikuko


Check out Home Revealed opening at the renamed Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle. The show includes artwork by Kikuoko Dewa created for Ji Mo 寂寞: the Stillness of Solitude. Kikuko passed away in mid-February earlier this year.

Kikuko's 10-foot long shibori installation was a strong, silent presence throughout a work I created as composer-in-residence with Portland Taiko in 2007. Her art for Ji Mo 寂寞: The Stillness of Solitude floated above an incense burner to provide a connection between the performers, audience, stage and heaven. Towards the end of the show, I would touch the ball at the bottom of the bamboo shibori. It was a pleasure to spin the installation every night and feel it shimmer.

More about Kikuko can be read in A Way of Life: A Thread That Connects by Lorraine Pai.

Home Revealed opens Thursday and runs through April 17, 2011. Along with Kikuko, the artworks of Zuolie Deng, Andrew Hida, Meng Huang, Alan Lau, Amy Nikaitani and Dean Wong are featured.