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First Large-Scale Art Installation

The notion that "dreams will come true in America" is often regarded as a somewhat clichéd expression, to the extent that even I feel a sense of self-consciousness in uttering it. However, I genuinely felt that way.

This spring, an unexpected opportunity presented itself—an invitation to craft an art installation for a Silicon Valley technology company. Due to a non-disclosure agreement, I am unable to share specific details about the client, but it is one widely recognized. Even after the meeting concluded, I found my mind in a state of bewilderment. "Could something like this really happen to me?" It felt as if I were in a dreamlike, ethereal state of mind. However, before long, my heart filled with excitement, probably because of the vibes from the agents.

"We really want you to create something amazing. And for that, we will support you in every way."

How often in life does one receive such impassioned encouragement in their work? It bestowed a delightful sense of pressure and urgency upon me. I felt impelled forward by those who placed their belief in me. Strangely, with these words, it seemed as though I could perceive all the way to the top of my head. The sky appeared vast.

Liberating myself from preconceptions, and harmonizing with the space while retaining my unique style—considerable challenges lay ahead. However, in the initial two weeks, I concentrated on broadening my perspective. Unrestricted by preconceived notions, I sketched out numerous ideas.

"Pay attention, Chieko. The ideal form of beauty is always present in nature."

Reflecting on the experience, the design stage may have been the most gratifying, surpassing even the production process. The freedom I felt during that time is something I will carry with me always. With the assistance of many individuals, I successfully brought the project to completion.

Witnessing the work of professional installers up close on the installation site was very fascinating. Meeting the agents with whom I maintained constant communication provided a satisfying sense that all the threads were neatly woven together.

What did this work signify for me?

Perhaps it was a rare "experience," one not readily accessible to everyone.

It was an experience that elevated me a bit higher as an artist.

I genuinely hope that these creations convey something meaningful to those who encounter them.

In conclusion, I extend my sincere gratitude to Chloe and Joanna from Spmdesign. I truly appreciate your support, as without both of you, I would not have been able to bring this piece to life. This is an experience I will cherish for a lifetime. And my lovely mom and my friend/mentor Kathy Richardson for going through this creational journey with me.

The final look of the 2 installation works "Kiyomizu" and "Shionari" will be revealed once the client is ready.
















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