This week’s artist Conversation is with Kiyomi Fukui at Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery. She is a graduate student at CSU Long Beach. Fukui is a Japanese moved to United States when she was 19 years old. She is planning to keep making art and teach it in the future after graduated. Her gallery is named Reminiscing Remnants. There is a tea table at the center of the room. This is actually what she used to make her works on the wall. Most of the pieces are different size of circle represent the table or the bottom of the tea cup that see used in the tea party. the water in the cup will then print on the Japanese paper under it and make art.
Kiyomi Fukui was inspired by the lost of someone close to her and her partner made a tea to comfort her lost. The whole idea is from the water ring under the cup. She wants people to gather around, chatting, drinking tea and leaving the mark on the paper. This is the meaning of she said to be Remnants. Sometimes in life you just have to slowing down for a moment, looking back and you can see not just leftovers but piece of memories all around you.
The tea was made from lemongrass, mints, chia seeds, and sloe berries. This is the mixture of the work in her own garden. Fukui and her partner are working on a project called Peace Lily Press & Micro Farm. You can follow it on Instagram at: peacelilypress_microfarm. The work is for non-toxic printmaking and bio-diverse organic production with one of the example is her tea.
Fukui said that the piece that got ripped (the left picture) is her favorite one. She is kind of disappointed at first because it is not in the plan but then thinking about the memory behind it made it a special piece. The tea water spill onto the paper made it stuck on the table and it got ripped when she takes it off. People usually say everyone is different. I personally think we are all the same but just walk different paths. Just like the ripped piece, one small thing could change many things in the future.
Here is some information about Kiyomi Fukui if you want to see more of her works:
Her page at: http://cargocollective.com/kiyomifukui