Gilded Boat — Amasia
Miyamori’s fascination with a wooden boat she had happened upon, grew into a multi project series known only as Gilded Boat. The wooden boat was initially gilded on the inside, with the outside left bare, with a resin tip, in 2007. Later that year, she exhibited the gilded boat, now with a washi and tree rubbing cover on the outside, and fur at its base. The boat was an installation in Tip of the Iceberg, Schuylkill Center for Environment Education, Philadelphia, PA, USA , 2007. The boat represented the independence of nature and humans through its tipped nature. Though the boat is tipped precariously, at an angle that would allow its riders to fall out, the boat still remains.
In 2011, Miyamori then used the boat in a new project, known as Amasia. Showing at the ISE Foundation in New York alongside her washi covered birdcages, and intercontinental tree rubbings. She received a grant to travel to five different continents to create rubbings. Amasia is known as the hypothesized theory of all continents drifting together in the future, to create a singular landmass. Miyamori’s vision of Amasia was uniting the five continents on her gilded boat to show the underlying similarities between all humans. Though Amasia is the physical connection of land, Miyamori’s Amasia is the connection between humans underneath their superficialities.