Marathon / by Ellie Ohiso

I am experimenting with a new visual language that clusters memory.  My recent trip to New Orleans has helped me move forward in my work.  Brice Marden has used the term “glyph” to describe a symbolic language.  I am thinking about my work in the same way.

In New Orleans, I visited the New Orleans Museum of Art and had the pleasure to see the work of local and regional artists.   One artist truly inspired me and I decided to email him and thank him.  As an emerging artist, his response has helped me:

Thank you Akira Ohiso for sharing your work. I hope at some time to see the real pieces. Anyway, keep in touch and in mind, being an artist is like running a marathon. Slow and steady. Like good wine, it takes time in developing an authentic voice.