Papagena/The Magic Flute, 2018
Sumi Ink, Oil Pastel, & Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 18 x 1 in
Signed on Back
Papagena/The Magic Flute
My latest series "Puku Puku Bubbles" encourages viewers to embrace each moment and every day in order to live with passion and peace. As a Japanese daughter of Ancient Greek and Phoenicia origins, I grew up amongst two different cultures—Mediterranean and Japanese. This series is inspired by their regional depictions of the Phoenician goddess Tanit and Japanese Dogu (meaning earthen figurines). I admire these simplistic figures for their whimsical ambiance. I believe dynamism is the key to harmony and embraced this concept in my paintings by utilizing both water-based Sumi ink and oil-based pastels on on canvas.
In Papagena/ The Magic Flute, Papageno seeks true love with his friend, Tamino. After a long journey and a lot of mistakes, Papageno finally found his true love with Papagena—who was helping to guide him through his journey while pretending to be an old lady. In this tale, I think Papagena is more mature than her counterpart and learns to accept Papageno's imperfections. The painting is about the joy of finding true love!
Harumo Sato is a California-based artist from Tokyo Japan, whose practice includes painting, printmaking, and illustration. In 2013, she relocated to Buffalo, NY to study fine art. While attending the University at Buffalo, Harumo was awarded three scholarships related to painting and illustration.
Harumo’s career as an artist follows the history of a peculiar illness. Seven years ago, her dominant hand became suddenly paralyzed. It was during her rehabilitation period that Harumo fostered her appreciation and passion for art. For the next four years, Harumo copied the work of established artists' work as a form of physical therapy to overcome her illness.
Harumo strives to maintain a peace of mind amongst a highly-industrialized environment through her practice of creation. From her experience, she believes art is one of the best solutions to combat seemingly contagious negative thoughts and emotions. Through her vibrant and playful works, Harumo seeks to spark viewers’ imagination and lust for life!