Waikiki Parc Features Momoe NakajimaJune 8, 2017 - September 14, 2017
Waikiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Road, Waikiki
Momoe Nakajimaâ€™s sculptures are highlighted as part of an expanded arts partnership of the University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄnoa (UHM), the Halekulani and its sister hotel, the Waikiki Parc.
Momoe Nakajima, a Hawaiâ€˜i-based artist, is inspired by her connections to Japan and Hawaiâ€˜i. She states, â€œAs the saying goes, â€˜Home is where the heart is.â€™ Being born in Japan, yet raised in Hawaiâ€˜i, this sentiment holds special relevance. The distance between me and my Japanese heritage has grown, and while at times I experienced feelings of rootlessness, Iâ€™ve come to identify Hawaiâ€˜i as my home.â€
Her recent works include several pairs of a ceramic figure and a jar. The jar accompanies and grounds the figure while providing guidance like an "â€˜aumakua," a Hawaiian personal or family god. Each pair reflects its bond through matching surface designs that feature plants and flowers from Japan and Hawaiâ€˜i. For Nakajima, they represent home, old and new, and past and present, as she continues to explore and define where she belongs.
Nakajima, the recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Department of Art + Art History, UHM (2017), concurrently attended both UHM and Windward Community College (WCC). Since 2014 she has held two art-related jobs at WCCâ€”kiln and glaze technician at the ceramics studio and exhibition installation assistant at Gallery â€˜Iolani.
In 2017 Nakajima was honored with the UHM Ceramic Faculty Book award. Her artwork has been presented at The Art Gallery, UHM, in "SYSTEMS: 2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition;" and at Gallery â€˜Iolani, WCC, in "Confluence 4," (2016); "Ka Waiwai Mohala," (2014); and "Confluence 3," (2011).
On June 8, Guitarist Christopher Hopper will provide music at the opening reception in this series of up-and-coming young artistsâ€™ exhibitions at the Waikiki Parc. In 2016, he received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the Department of Music, UH MÄnoa. He has also studied with guitar virtuosos Carlos Barbosa Lima, and the Brazilian Guitar Duoâ€™s Douglas Lora and JoÃ£o Luiz.
SPONSORS: University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄnoa Department of Art + Art History, College of Arts + Humanities, and Waikiki Parc Hotel â€“ Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH MÄnoa
Image: "Put Down Roots (Chrysanthemum x Monstera)," 2017
Photographer: Chris Rohrer
Courtesy of the artist.
Daily operational hours of the hotel. Admission is free. Complimentary parking with hotel validation.
Art + Art History, Mānoa Campus
Sharon Tasaka, 808-956-8364, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.hawaii.edu/art/exhibitions+events/exhibitions/?p=3118
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