Our Face of Ours is Revealed in the New Year
Art and its ability to elevate people inspire me and how I perceived 2020 felt like every day for creatives. On some level, art is life—telling a story or simply creating is our lives.
As artists, we are in tune with the activity of those, both past and present, who push the envelope to the maximum of what is defined as art. Life’s honest words can best be summed up in a line by Jorge Luis Borges (from Dreamtigers), “Art must be like that mirror, that reveals to us this face of ours.” For 2020, open and honest imagery and words were a way to express oneself—it was vital, not just therapeutic. It revealed our thirst for world stories never told; this became a 2020 mission and the essence of our heartfelt pandemic narratives of resilience, healing, solidarity, and freedom.
“Knots of the mind, démasquer” is a NOW art piece, not just physically but psychologically and spiritually. My frequent exploration of the relationships among humans, nature, and objects. “Knots of the mind, démasquer” is an objective homage to my Eastern and Western traditions and to the raw architecture and sounds of the city — adding conflict, balance and harmony to shape the work’s form and energy in my constant search for new noise, passion and sometimes what is misconceived in our cultures. She captures the intimate moment between the viewer and artist with intrigue and brutal honesty. This piece comes from the series Knots of the Mind and explores the ongoing melee between the heart and the mind, complicated by love, hunger, power, doubt. Knots bind — like an embrace? As a restraint? Twisted strands of thought and feeling in our souls. Should we leap or remain motionless?
As long as I am able to create art, write, and experience the joys of life—an optimistic outlook—then I have achieved that balance. I believe our life’s journey consists of always learning, experiencing, and pushing ourselves to reach for more. It is an ongoing narrative where I hope to always be surrounded by honest critics, and people who are inspiring and stimulated in their own lives. Ultimately hope and believing is a driving force in 2021. Hope the frailness in emotions, the memories in our heads, the damages left in our hearts from 2020 but ultimately hope and believing for ourselves and humanity as we make our way through the time of Corona. It captures the beauties of what we call life, all that is love and art.
Copyright © 2021 Jennifer Jean Okumura
Jennifer grew up in Philadelphia and has been creating art for over 15 years. She attended Syracuse University in addition to receiving her MFA from Boston University. She has a strong comprehensive knowledge of the Art Market: Modern and Contemporary Art with diverse and extensive Fine Art experiences such as Operations Manager, Fine Art Consultant, Design Associate, Adjunct Educator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and currently sits on the board as President and founding Exhibition Chair for National Association of Women Artists, Inc. MA chapter.