Stories In The Stars by Emiko Woods
8″ x 6″, Gouache on Layered Watercolor Paper mounted on Trekell Artist Panel
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Cash And Carry
Previous Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery:
- Cash And Carry
- Cash And Carry
- Xiong Mao from April 11th to May 12th, 2015
Piece Description by Emiko Woods:
This piece features an excerpt of a poem by Sarah Williams, an English novelist and poet in the 1800′s that is most famously known for her work, “The Old Astronomer to His Pupil.” In the full poem, an astronomer is near death and is passing his life’s work on to his student.
To me, this poem is more than a passing of the torch, it is an encouragement to discover and explore despite anything. Ultimately, the pursuit of discovery is intrinsically worthy of our lives. I take this to also mean self-discovery which has led me to research the meanings behind constellations and the stories that accompany them. I included constellations that inspire and interest me such as Argo (the ship used in search of the golden fleece) and Triangulum (division of the cosmos) amongst others.
Similarly, Griffith Observatory was always a place for me to go to get above the city and often, realizing how big the universe is, made my problems feel much smaller. That is why I chose this location for the topographical map. The stars were a comfort, and they continue to be as I journey to new places and face new unknowns.
“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light.
I have loved the stars too fondly, to be fearful of the night.” -Sarah Williams
Emiko Woods was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and received her BFA from Azusa Pacific University, with a Minor in Art History. After graduation, she moved with her husband to Saint Gallen, Switzerland, where she currently resides. In addition to her work in Fine Art and Illustration, she is also freelance graphic designer.
As a trained sculptress with a newfound love of painting, her most recent work incorporates the two. She has always been drawn to elements found in nature that convey aspects of internal journey, place, and connectedness. Each piece begins with a question and through the process of making, enlightenment unfolds.
She loves researching new things, journaling, poetry, and traveling as much as possible.
Remember a time when your stillness spoke to you. When you felt so whole, your chest heaved with the weight. A time when simplicity, was the greatest pleasure of all.
We all have an inner voice. The one that tells us to pursue truth & beauty, and to never let go of what we knew as a child. The one that dares us to find our strength in vulnerability. The one that beg us to journey deeper and reminds us that we are never lost.
This pursuit is my greatest hope. To uncover the mysteries that reside within this space that is internal at its source and manifests itself through nature, symbols, and rituals. Journey with me as I make these connections, uncover quiet truths, and explore the one-ness that connects us all.