Michele Kishita

In my recent work, I respond to the wood grain of my painting surfaces. I find inspiration in both Hokusai’s depictions of water and the intersection of where man-made structures and nature meet. I am struck by Hokusai’s landscapes and how he transformed the fierce dynamism of waterfalls into evocations of roots, rocks, or sheets of ice, revealing how water's mutability gestures towards the essential impermanence and transience of all things. By drawing correlations between the wood grain of my panels and the water that created it, I delineate the fluid resonances inherent in these seemingly disparate elements. In each work I strive to capture the memory and spirit of the landscape from my childhood in rural Pennsylvania and my time living abroad in Japan.