The world is full of competition. Presidential Campaigns, World Olympics, competition at school and at work. The video, “Dirty Competition” is about our everyday need to compete. What we wear, buy, and consume reflects our status and identity within society.
Potato Girls represent the commonality of all and our need to have our identity.
Potato Girls' "Dirty Competition" was performed by Masami Koshikawa and Juliet DiIenno. Camera Operated by Gary Dufner.
The video, Butterfly Woman, is about transformation and depicts the transition from one state of being to another.
I crocheted a butterfly body suit to use one time for this performance.
"Butterfly Woman", by Masami Koshikawa & Collaborators (Wayne Martin, Dominic DiPaolo, Rashaad Rosalle, Darragh Sinnott, Anne Hennessy, and Matt Brown), video/performance, 10 minutes, Fall 2014.
The character of Homeless Bride holds a sign that says “Marry Me” in three different languages. Three different cultural elements are combined (a white wedding dress from America, geisha make-up from Japan, and a red wedding veil from China).
The Homeless Bride appears in various locations such as a street median, bus stop, train station, forest, court house and airport. I meditated for 30-45 minutes at each location and captured the events that occurred.
"Marry Me", by Masami Koshikawa, video/performance, 6 minutes 48 seconds, camera operated by Dominic DiPaolo and Wayne Martin, edited by Masami Koshikawa and Rashaad Rosalle.
Origami series are collaborative effort between my mother and myself.
In the "Butterfly World Flags", I printed out a world flag image and cut it into pieces. Each flag image I produced was 3”x 3”. They were then sent to my mother in Japan where she made them into origami butterflies. Once completed, they were sent back to me in Orlando. Each origami butterfly was pinned on a wall.
Over 8000 silver origami butterflies are attached to the "Butterfly Sphere". Some of them are made of candy wrappers. The sphere also spines.
"Butterfly Portrait of Andy" depicts a image of my son when he was three.
Butterfly World Flags (detail)
Butterfly World Flags
Butterfly Sphere (detail)
Butterfly World Flags
Butterfly Portrait of Andy
Image from MFA 2015
Each piece of origami is handmade by my mother who lives in Japan.
Zen Awakening Festival 2015
In order to view the performance, the audience must poke a hole and peek beyond the Japanese shoji doors.
Poking a hole through the paper is considered to be unacceptable behavior in Japanese culture. Allowing the audience to experience this, creates a guilty pleasure.