"Out of Longing III" - Brooch, 2021. Electroforming, enameling, fabrication, copper, enamel, sterling silver, stainless steel.  Photo: M. Kataoka


I am using cicadas and snails symbolically to reference the complexities of rebirth and the cycle of life.
Further, I want to combine the two creatures, similar to the creation of mythological chimeric creatures such as Kirin—into a form of manmade objects such as rockets or airplanes that fly—I want the snail to emerge in flight through the transformation. I am interested in the human imagination which creates creatures that do not exist, as metaphor for longing or desiring for something that we are incapable of or do not have.

Out Of Longing - Video, 2022