Mebae Sasaki. Born in 1996 in Hokkaido, Japan. Graduated from Chiba University, faculty of education, course of special education. Painter of mental landscapes. Writer. Adventurer. Traveling with "questions" in mind, she expresses the answers and mental landscapes in paintings, writings, books, and sometimes in photographs and videos. In the U.S., while working with autistic children, she had the feeling that "all are one life," which inspired her to begin full-scale production under the theme of "Forest of Life. During the two years and seven months of the pandemic, she traveled to eight countries in Europe, Central America, and Southeast Asia, doing fieldwork in the style of renting a house in the area and staying there for a few months.
This is the first book of a collection of paintings and poems documenting a five-year journey and philosophy (my own questions and answers) from 2016 to 2021. In this book, "Puzzle of Life," I write the message that "each individual is one piece of a big puzzle designed" and "a series of each seemingly coincidental event that we experience throughout our lives is one piece of our own life that happens under the principles of nature," along with my paintings. Through this book, I would be happy if I could share with you the encounters and lessons I have learned on my travels.
Click here for past paintings, including oil and acrylic paintings, and video works accompanying the paintings.
The exhibition was held in Japan for two months from October to November 2020, which led to the "Forest of Life" traveling exhibition at a total of seven facilities in Hokkaido until September 2021, and the same exhibition was held in Mexico in July of the same year.
What is life? Through my work, I have expanded the definition of life from "visible individuals" to "invisible linkages that connect individuals." I believe that the "universe," which is the sum total of all life, including all living things and the earth's environment, is a single living organism. This idea gave birth to the "Forest of Life" worldview.
In this blog, I share my diary, my feelings through my travels, and the scenery and mental images of my travels in text and photographs.