Wk 8 – Artist Interview – Kiyomi Fukui


My favorite exhibit this week was Kiyomi Fukui’s. The essence of this sculpture was that everything dies; they cycle of life and death. Life is defined only by death, and without death there would be no life, and vice versa. Kiyomi Fukui came up with this idea when he watched a small bird, a ‘present’ from his cat, slowly die. He knew there was nothing he could do for the bird except be with it in its final moments. As he watched the bird, he thought about how so many things die every day, and it’s the natural cycle of life, to be defined by death.

This exhibit really spoke to me because I myself wonder about death often, about how without it life means nothing. I am glad that I am not the only one who thinks this way, and that Kiyomi Fukui created something symbolic of these thoughts.


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