Exhibitions | 2009
Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge Exhibition: TSUNAGU-SERIESE
October 3, 2009 – November 14, 2009

Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Photo by Nao Tamekawa

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Concept of “Tsunagu-WALL

Keiko Miyamori will create a wall, called “TSUNAGU-WALL”, to represent the connections—rather than divisions—that exist between city and nature, nature and humans, here and there.

In Japanese, “TSUNAGU” means “Connection.” Hence, TSUNAGU-WALL is a wall for connection.

The wall, roughly 9 feet x 6.5 feet, will have multiple shelves on which will sit small transparent boxes containing small objects, such as a piece of brick, concrete, or metal that Miyamori had harvested from a tree root from an urban construction site.Over time, the artist will exchange these boxes for objects donated by people, including people living in other cities, states, and countries. These people, her collaborators, will be invited to donate whatever sort of debris they feel inspired to send, such as bits of wall or building, city debris found on the street, a token from their home, or just lint from their coat pocket. It’s not the object’s beauty, but the way in which the object forms a connection with all the other objects that have been donated, and with the people who donated them. In this way, the TSUNAGU-WALL will be more than a physical wall that can be viewed in an exhibition space, rather, it will occupy the entire space through which my collaborators are connected by the exchange of small objects and found debris. “TSUNAGU-WALL” connects different locations and different experiences across borders and barriers of nationality.

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In the same concept of “TSUNAGU-WALL,” Keiko Miyamori will show approximately 600 books on the bookshelves, which are approximately 10” long in 6 rows. Each book has a book cover with 600 different tree-rubbing-marks on washi paper. 600 collected books are the artist’s favorite books, as well as other peoples’ “favorite” or “important” books, across generations, nationality and other borders.


“TSUNAGU-ROOT” Washi collage with various tree rubbings have connected the small root and square sculpture. It represents the story of an original tree root in Philadelphia, which was approximately six feet in diameter. The bricks, glass and metals on “TSUNAGU-WALL” were all tangled in the root. In 2006, it was embedded in 6.5’x7’x5.7’ resin cube to become a part of the sculpture “City Root,” and it is currently displayed at 12th and Callowhill Street (Shelly Electric, Inc.). The content of "TSUNAGU-ROOT" comes from inside the root and connects the root, the neighborhood, and everywhere else.

Review http://tenthousandthingsfromkyoto.blogspot.com/

by Jean Downey

“Japanese-born, Philly-based Keiko Miyamori seeks to facilitate and represent connections between people and the natural world via the exchange of tiny objects that make up her "Tsunagu Wall" (Wall of Connection; ????). The sculpture is part of her "Tsunagu Series" showing in the Fleischer Wind Challenge Exhibition at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia through Nov. 14...”