Over the last few months, artist Keiko Miyamori stayed in Japan for her Spring residency at BankART 1929 in her hometown of Yokohama, Japan. During her stay, she focused on two projects—Tsunagu Book and her Portrait series.
Her Tsunagu Book project is a sub-series of her original Tsunagu Books in 2009, focusing on her residency and the site grounds. During this series, she unites people through their favourite book. The participants favourite book is covered with washi with a tree rubbing from around BankART 1929 Station in Yokohama, Japan. Each book represents the participants favourite book, and the positive energy and emotion that is felt for their book, no matter the reason it is their "favourite."
Miyamori collected rubbings from not only around Yokohama and BankART itself, but also around her travels throughout Japan in conjunction to her other project, her Portrait series. Rubbings were taken from around the sites she visited for Portrait of Myself No. 2, Portrait of Myself No. 3, and Portrait of a Novelist. Her Tsunagu Book series supported her travels around Japan during her residency but focused on the visitors and artists themselves at BankART.
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in Keiko Miyamori’s journey at BankART1929 Station this Spring, and supported her. For everyone who participated in Tsunagu Books, Japan, you can check your book and tree here.
For more information on her concept for the show, you can find the online version of her booklet here.