Sunday, May 27, 2012

Serving Lives

On the morning of March 11, 2011, I was at a hotel room in Paris with my friend Greta. Flipping
channels, I found myself staring at the Big Wave washing everything away over and over again. It looked so surreal. From the moment, I was glued to TV and Internet news trying to comprehend what was really happening. Deeply saddened for the people affected, I had the urge to make art and do something for Japan.

Back in Dublin Ireland where I was residing at that time, I started reaching out. Jenn Kirby, my musician friend joined me. And I met a girl, Chika, from Fukushima, Japan, then accordingly was introduced Riken Komatsu, a photographer living in Fukushima who was documenting the entire phenomena. He kindly let me use his photos for my project. With Jenn’s music, I put Riken’s photos together and made a video. On April 3, 2011, at Centre For Creative Practice, Dublin, I did a performance for Tsunami Fundraising.  This is how Riken, Jenn and I connected together.

In September 2011, Io Palmer invited me to work on “Serve and Project” conducted by Io & Lisa. I had a solid idea in my heart of “ how noble is it is to feed people” by seeing all those images from Riken. When I saw his photos of serving food, I immediately got the theme “ Serving Life”.

Serving food for people literally serves lives. As a starving artist myself, getting food is always  a priority and I have worked for food just to survive number of times. I can not forget all the people who have kept me alive by feeding me. And this is the theme of my artwork “Serving Life” with photos by Riken Komatsu.   
We can only survive by serving each other.  

Riken Komatsu, Web Magazine

Riken Komatsu, photo, Jenn Kirby, music,

Riken Komatsu, photo, Jenn Kirby, music, Hiromi Okumura, edit and performance, 

Hiromi Okumura
May, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Reaping What We Have Sown by Carolyn Speranza

Carolyn Speranza created a fantastic piece for Cyberfeast III. I have always admired her integration of cutting edge design and art production techniques into thought-provoking visual pieces.  Beautifully constructed, compelling message:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CyberFeast III - Artists & their Websites

Created by Io Palmer and Lisa Link, Serve & Project is a public art initiative  that explores the cultural, political, and economic issues surrounding the production  and consumption of food. For CyberFeast III, artists were invited to create imagery on a napkin  that interpreted food from different perspectives. 

01.Serse Luigetti
Perugia, Italia
02.Ashley Anderson
Atlanta, GA
03.Jacinda Russell
Muncie IN
04.Mary Walker
West Kelowna B.C.
05.Alanna Richardson
Norwich, Norfolk
06.Janet Braun-Reinitz
Brooklyn, NY
07.Carolyn Speranza
Pittsburgh, PA
08.Jaromir Svozilik OSLO, Norway

09.Cynthia Milionis
San Francisco, CA
10.Rochelle Shicoff
Brooklyn, NY
11.Simon Warren
12.Mary Ann Castle
Bronx, NY
13.Hannah Barnes
Muncie IN
14.Leo Morrissey
Winston-Salem, NC
15.Ann Mansolino
Whittier, CA
16.Chris Griffin
New York, NY
17.René Rodriguéz
Portland, OR
18.Masha Yukhananov
Brighton, Massachusetts
Reza Safavi
Pullman, WA
20.Hiromi Okumura
Pullman, WA
21.Eric Norman
Pullman, WA
22.Wendy DesChene’s Advanced Drawing Class
23.Ashley Stevens
24.Candice McCollough
25.Erin Edwards
26.Lindsey Wilson
27.Pleas Tolbert
28.Justin Foster
29.Cory Anchors
30.Tina McConnell
31.Terrica Payton
32.Rebecca Campomanes
33.Meghan Stewart
34.Kara Ffield
35.Cary Walker
36.Jessica Leonard


Wendy Osher
PIttsburgh, PA
38.Darrell U. Black
Frankfurt, Germany
39.Kim Rae Taylor
Cincinnati, OH
40.Ryosuke Cohen
Osaka, Japan
41.Melissa Eder
New York, NY 10003
42.Claudia Sbrissa
Brooklyn, NY
43.Mae Aguinaldo
Makati City, Philippines
Amy Reff
45.Ursula Kelly
London. UK
46.Luciana Servulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Wendy Osher
PIttsburgh, PA
48.Mary K Weeks
Albany, NY
49.Brett Lysne
Pullman, WA
50.Aine Scannell
51.Jared Wittenmyer
Burlington, IA
52.Dickie Webb
Edinburgh UK
53.Wendy Deschene
Waverly, AL
54.Jonell Jaime Pulliam
Charleston, SC
55.Erik Benjamins
Boston, MA
56.Courtney Lee Weida
Bronx, NY
57.Calcagno Cullen
San Francisco, CA
58.  Daniel de CullaBurges, Spain
59.Cheryle MelanderMinneapolis, MN

Lisa Link
Boston, MA