Charcoal and cherry blossoms. Memories of Colors from everyday-life.
I don’t trust my memories of life in old Japan.
Was the winter air so crisp?
Did the wood put out a scent so strong and bitter when it burned
all winter long to keep us warm and cozy while we slept?
Was the moss so green and soft, and wet with morning dew
beneath the blossoms of the trees on which the cherries grew?
Was the sky in fact that blue?
I could fly across the sea and check things for myself,
but I might ruin memories with how things really are.
Memories that I have fed and nurtured over time;
cared for, tended, loved until they grew beyond what really was,
until I found that they were grown and taking care of me.
I have memories of my home-town in Japan: in winter the smell of charcoal burning in our old stove, the bite of crisp air as the snow fell. In spring I’d look down to see the moss emerging from between the pave-stones, and look up to see branches of cherry-blossoms framing lacey clouds in a pale blue sky. These were the colors of everyday-life in my home-town. Now, so many years later, I wish I could hold those colors in my hand.
In this collection: “Colors Remembered”, I’ve tried to capture the subtle hues I miss so much. I’ve layered Washi-paper to create the colors of moss, cherry blossoms, sky, snow, and charcoal. Placed inside each earring is a pearl that reflects the colors around it.
This is a playful collection, yet the subtle colors and textures impart a sophisticated look. They are sold singly by the earring. You can mix and match shapes, colors, and lengths, so have fun creating whatever playful look you want.
Japanese artist in the United States. Tamao Nakayama was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and moved to the U.S. when she was 25 years old. She is still deeply influenced by the Japanese aesthetic, and the belief that ‘less is more’. She is a minimalist abstract artist. She paints and sculpts.