1000 Cranes: uncaged
ARTIST STATEMENT: Submission to ArtFields
I just do things.
Since I was a child and read the story of Sadako at my library during a summer program, origami has been a presence in my life. I folded cranes that were sent to the monument for her in Japan and I haven’t stopped folding.
In 2017 I folded 1,000 cranes out of cigarette foil, but I’ve never smoked one. One day I had the urge to start and ten months later I folded the 1,000th crane (it was blue). Three months later they were all strung together and hanging in a birdcage. A mirror on the bottom allowed you to see yourself in the cranes.
In the fall of 2018 I realized it was time to free the cranes from their cage. Below is an excerpt of my submission to ArtFields 2019.
Over the last few years I have caged myself in by doing too much; by giving myself away.
Freedom isn't free. It requires effort. Sacrifice. Break it down; redefine yourself. Free yourself of the assumptions people have.
I AM. I EXIST. I create myself.
Exist for yourself. You have that right. You are here for a reason: make it count.
"The art you make matters."
To free yourself you must first accept yourself. My obligations have caged me in, and I now realize they were never my responsibility.
Find the full backstory on my blog.