|Judy Shintani at Kubota Gardens|
Beside hostess gifts, and the usual, her luggage contained a drill, gold markers, twine, bells, clean oyster shells.
The next day she discovered all other artists participating in COCA Seattle's landscape exhibition Heaven and Earth at Carkeek Park had taken their pick. The best spots in this most northern Seattle city park were taken, or so it seemed. The only place left for Judy's installation was an isolated spot on the eastern side of a barbed wire fence separating the park's grassy mole and woods from railroad tracks and beach.
COCA gallery in Georgetown. Dressed in borrowed rain gear she installed her Ancestor Chimes at the designated spot in Carkeek Park. Treated for once to the —most times mythical— Seattle rain, she held her stand on uneven ground, possibly feeling closer to her family's past than ever.
Bainbridge Island and the Olympics form the perfect backdrop to Shintani's artwork. The Sound and peninsula coast a poignant reminder of oyster farms abandoned during WWII when Japanese Americans were forced to leave for internment camps, and their Olympics but a memory of home.
Through 10/31 Judy Shintani's Ancestor Chimes will resonate across Puget Sound, reaching, if only in our minds, the Japanese American Memorial site on Bainbridge Island.
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