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“The Forests in the Little Box” Artist : hijiri (June 4 to August 27, 2022) at Speedy Gallery


“The Forests in the Little Box”
Artist : hijiri
Term : June 4 to August 27, 2022 (Tues -Sat 10am-6pm)
Venue: Speedy Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90404
(B5B in Bergamot Station Arts Center)
Telephone: 323-333-0489
Official website
In 2020, the beginning of pandemic, I began to paint my own forest on the wall of my old house, remembering the trees I had seen in the past and my imagination, because of the hopelessness caused by the growing fear for the pandemic and the difficulty of going out alone due to my chronic illness, which was progressing rapidly. At the same time, I started painting my own little imaginary forest on a small wooden box that I could take with me to the hospital so that I could relax in my hospital room. Since then, I have been painting mainly small forests on the surfaces and lids of wooden boxes.
One and only forest of trees that may never exist in this world, yet you might feel familiar, or maybe saw this in your imagination. The box is only the beginning of the story. I wish for you to be creative with the box, by hanging the painted box, or simply use it as a box to keep your treasure, or use it as a photo frame to keep your memory in the story. When you open the lid, inside you will find a small theater, a flower garden, or your own private forest. I hope you will enjoy filling the box with your imagination and embrace the moment.
I hope this box, one of a kind like you, will be with you until the end of your journey and together return to earth.  - hijiri
アーティスト: hijiri
1965年 日本、北海道生まれ
2020年、コロナ時代に入った頃、先の見えないコロナ禍による絶望感と、進行の早まった持病で、単独での遠出外出が困難になったことなどから、自分だけの森を古くなった自宅の壁面に、想像と過去に見たかもしれない樹々を思い出しながら描き始めました 日々、緑を描くことによって私自身大変平穏な気持ちでいることができました