Last year was very busy returning to my mask work in preparation for my exhibit at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gallery in Toronto which ran from January through March, 2019. I gratefully received a creation grant from Arts Nova Scotia to make self portrait masks and over the course of the year, I made approximately 35 new ones to combine with ones I had made prior to that. All together, I exhibited over 60 self portrait masks for "Blended" which featured my mask alongside paintings by Ottawa artist Norman Takeuchi. I received a presentation grant from Arts Nova Scotia which helped me ship my masks to and from the gallery and along with a Canada Council travel grant, I was able to attend the opening and artist talk last February.
My opening coincided with the opening at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto of "Being Japanese Canadian: reflections of a broken world" where my mom was presenting two of her sculptures among several other amazing artists. We had a huge family gathering iin Toronto to celebrate both openings and it was so exciting!
For me, it was a return to this work which I had taken a break from when I went on a very extended maternity leave. I just spent all winter and spring putting out exhibit proposals all over Canada, so hopefully I can line up more shows for the next few years.