The Shirley-Jones Gallery will present an installation and related works by Yellow Springs artist Migiwa Orimo. The show opens to the public Friday, April 28 and runs until Saturday, June 10.
Migiwa Orimo was born in Tokyo in 1957. Raised by artist parents, her father a writer, and her mother a designer engaged with haute couture, she was exposed from early childhood to a wide range of artists with whom her parents collaborated. Orimo came to the U.S. in 1981 and began serious activity as a painter shortly thereafter. In the past two decades, her work has explored ways in which personal experience can be translated into more universal communication through the use of images and symbols. This exploration draws in part in her cultural background – the fact that Japanese life is flooded with visual symbols (from the written language to family crests to contemporary logos) that are all distilled abstractions of images taken from the world. Using emblems and symbols, Orimo has been able to draw from intimate personal experience and produce work which avoids becoming melodramatic.
In her current exhibition, Orimo takes her examination of personal experiences a step further to muse on how it is that the physical activity is recorded by the mind and body to become memory and subsequently consciousness (either individual or group), coherent idea structures, and the like. Parallel musings examine how physical activity can become a means for the individual to unravel and let go of memory. The emergence and then the dissipation of memory is, she says, essential for processing intense emotion, or simply making room in the mind for new memory. The exhibition consists of paintings, drawings, and installation projects employing various media.
Orimo's work has been recognized with the award of two Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. It has been exhibited extensively in Ohio and around the USA – Chicago, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, California.
The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday 2-6pm and by appointment. For further information call (937) 767-1711.