"Water Mirror"2013.03.01 by Cathy Hirano
Today's glimpse is from the little island of Ogijima, which will host 16 different art projects, of which 10 are new. One of these is "Water Mirror", by artist Sayaka Ishizuka. Please note that all photos are of a work in progress. The finished product will be unveiled on March 20, 2013.
Artist explaining the concept
Sayaka first came to Ogijima in 2010 to help friend and fellow artist Rikuji Makabe produce the lovely clapboard collages scattered around the village.
She decided to come back for 2013, this time as a participating artist. (See her blog for photos of her life on Ogijima: http://utushimizu.blogspot.jp/)
Her concept is to use treasured artifacts from island life to create "islands" suspended in space - a reflection of the Seto Inland Sea.
Sayaka Ishizuka with work in progress
After exploring the village, she chose the house of a diver with, very appropriately, a wonderful view overlooking the sea. She also went door-to-door, befriending the villagers and asking them to share fishing, farming and household implements.
Although the work is still in progress, it was taking shape rapidly even while I was there with the help of a team of diligent volunteers.
With all the weird and wonderful paraphernalia comprising each "island", it was already fascinating to look at. I'm looking forward to seeing the final result.
Ogijima Access: The island is 40 minutes by ferry from Takamatsu Port (JPY 1,000 round-trip; ferries run every 2 hours between 7AM & 5PM to the island, and every 2 hours between 7:40 AM to 5:40 PM from the island to Takamatsu.)
Takamatsu can be reached by direct flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport (about 1 hour), by limousine bus from Kansai International Airport (about 3 hours), and by direct flights from China and Korea. It can also be reached by taking the bullet train to Okayama (4 hours from Tokyo) and changing to the Marine Liner bound for Takamatsu (runs every 1/2 hour; takes 1 hour).
Hotels: http://www.japanican.com/index.aspx (when selecting the area of stay, scroll down to "Other Popular Options" and select "Takamatsu/Tokushima/Awashima".)
Also check: http://www.kagawa-yadonet.or.jp/en/