This week I got a chance to talk to Kiyomi Fukui.
Kiyomi Fukui is a 27 year old graduate student at CSULB. She is currently finishing her last year at CSULB as a printmaking major. After she graduates, she hopes to teach art. She is originally from Japan and is currently living in Long Beach. Her art was inspired by her partner, who is also a printmaking major, but her main inspiration was was through a personal experience. It was hard to talk to people and she wanted a place where she can talk to people and have a real sense of empathy and sympathy. Her meaning of art is integrating life and art together. A lot of her materials is from her garden, where she grows herbs, fennel, chia seeds, squash, beans, watermelons, amaranth, and arugula.
This artwork series is call “Reminiscing Remnants.” It all started when she went through a personal loss. She was going through such a hard time and her partner often made tea with her. She then wanted to share tea and special moments with certain people. Kiyomi then decided to have tea parties. For her tea parties, Kiyomi made table cloths out of paper which she painted with beat or carrot juice. Which I found interesting, because she could’ve bought paper that had those colors but instead she used natural coloring. After the tea parties, Kiyomi would collect the residue such as the stained table cloths and turned it into art.
In her gallery, she made us hibiscus tea. The hibiscus tea had lemon grass, chia leaves, sugar and other optional additives.The tea was red, it reminded her of the essence of life, blood. I was lucky to be able to try out the tea. The tea had a minty taste to me. While drinking the tea, we all gather around just talking to her, just like at her tea parties.
I enjoyed this idea she had for tea parties. Kiyomi’s piece stood out to me because I believe that we don’t get a chance to sit down, talk, and just enjoy ourselves and Fukui was able to show that in this piece.
Kiyomi Fukui’s Information