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  • Genre:ART
  • SubGenre:Individual Artists / Artists’ Books
  • Language:English
  • Pages:150
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667810195



by Mayuko Ogawa

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I didn`t even realise this, more than a decade has passed, since I started collecting any objects which are reflective, like glass bottles, transparency of plastics, mirrors, stainless steel plates, etc. Then, created abstract kaleidoscopic sculptures, then out of those sculptures, it transformed to hand-made lenses of camera, started taking kaleidoscopic photographs, as if I have been always trying to express more and more accurately what is happening in my internal landscapes. So over those decades, I could not avoid starting to see my thinking patterns psychologically, through the way I see, through my own perception. Some visual images or tendencies of the way how I get attracted in certain ways, are not explainable in a verbal manner. Though, by digging deeper, I caught some moments, who I really was, who I really am, who I really wish to be. Whatever we experience, most of the times, it is not logic, and even not enough to explain verbally to others. Yet, visual images would haunt us, stay with us, unexplainably, like it or not. The hardest person to understand could be ourselves, most of times. Or say, as we wish our own growth, in order to head for evolving. All of us are brainwashed in some ways by environment, society, birth and upbringing conditions, then naturally, we do wear colour glasses, so in order to set ourselves free from those colour glasses, I found my art is a kind of therapeutic effect that could be displayed, be shared with others.

Tell me a bit about yourself - this simple question I kept asking to myself, when I started to create.


What we see is who we are. How we see shows a lot about who we are.

Having kept journaling visually with these kaleidoscope photographs on a daily basis for the last 5 years or so, I had this sensation that I was living in both the paralleled worlds of the internal landscape as well as the outer circumstances, and the repeated pattern of creative process led me to realize my thinking habits and tendencies in cycles.


Thoughts are simply thoughts. We can separate ourselves from our thoughts, as if treating them as clouds in the sky. Yet, thoughts are powerful enough to move us beyond, or even to break us. I found something pleasurable and resourceful in spending time along with this creative process, in order to be in a self-reflective mode, separate myself from my own thoughts by observing it objectively, and by which I could keep balance and harmony inside out. That is what I thought I could share with the world and I would be very much glad if I could inspire and support some people through the findings.


Would you like to understand yourself appropriately by creatively exploring your perception?

Would you like to learn how to express yourself appropriately so that you could associate with people in a resonated manner?

About the author

Visual artist / Art therapist / NLP life coach

Born in Japan.

Curiosity driven creature that I am.

Resided in London, Bangkok, Moscow, Manila. Current residence is in Sapporo, Japan.

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