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Moeko Maeda -What is your Balance? – March 31st, 2020 / Speedy Gallery DTLA

What is your balance ?

Inhale / Exhale
Light / Shadow

Our lives are surrounded with opposite forces corresponding with each other. Everyday, every moment, we each balance ourselves inwards and outwards, consciously and unconsciously. In this presentation of works, I sat and faced my own light and shadow within. Observing the movement that is continuously shifting, like a tide in the ocean. To stand in balance wherever we find ourselves, moment to moment, each coming of the day. These paintings kindly ask you to be present with stillness. To perceive the balance within, for the two opposing forces to unite with harmony.


Salted painting: In Japan, salt is a sacred object. It is used in the rituals for purification of energy, spirit, and space, as well as shielding spaces. Ever since I was a child, salt has played a big role in my life. In the healing of body, purification of the spirit, and cleansing of the surroundings. Naturally salt has united into my paintings as a way of painting ritual.


In the process of making the salted painting, it begins with a single word. At this point of departure, I explore the depths of the word. This leads my hands to write words that flow into consciousness. The colors of the chakra follow, sealing the words inside the painting. As the final process of the ritual, cultivation and the crystallization of salt happen on the painting for its own purification and shield.


These paintings are breathing just as we are.



Matters that require attention


These paintings are extremely delicate and fragile. Please understand and agree to the notes below, when considering a purchase.

  • Paintings are made in a location with a relative humidity of 70%.
  • Please DO NOT store in a location of high humidity. When the painting is stored in a highly humid location, salt on the painting may absorb moisture in the air and moisture may drip from the painting.
  • Salt is a natural mineral. In time, it may crack and break off from the painting.

Salted paintings are breathing, just like we are. As time passes, if you could enjoy the shift and changes that may occur in the painting, we would truly appreciate it.


Moeko Maeda (b. 1983, Hyogo, Japan) lives and works in Los Angeles.

Moeko Maeda -What is your Balance?
– March 31st, 2020

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