Traveler II by Emiko Woods
8″ x 6″ x 7/8″, Gouache on Paper on Trekell artist panel
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Cash And Carry
Previous Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Xiong Mao from April 11th to May 12th, 2015
“I am often inspired by the elements of nature that have cyclical and seasonal patterns. For example, whales are known to travel the greatest distances of any mammal during their migrations. They represent emotional creativity and depth due to the way they constantly dive deep into the ocean and resurface throughout their cyclical journeys. The ocean may be full of the unknown, but this ability to reach such great depths, and navigate through them, is both impressive and inspiring to me.”
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.
Did you know Blue Whales feed almost exclusively on krill even though blue whale is the largest extant animal and the heaviest that has ever existed? They are intelligent, graceful and harmless. According to National Geographic, blue whales look true blue underwater, but on the surface their coloring is more a mottled blue-gray. We also found out from National Geographic that Blue whales are one of the loudest animals on the planet. Scientists think they use vocalizations to communicate, and with their excellent hearing, to sonar-navigate the lightless ocean depths. Find out more facts on blue whales on National Geographic’s website: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/blue-whale/