Taiko Chandler

Installations / Undulating #1 (2019)

Ever since I left my native Japan to move to the United Kingdom, my identity has been shifting among the values of vastly different cultures. This state intensified after moving to the U.S. The sense is of constantly existing between. The ambiguity can be obscure, causing confusion and conflict at different levels. I feel transient, vulnerable, and conflicted, but I also feel fascinated by the fluidity and would not change my experiences for anything. As I have moved from culture-to-culture, I have had to adapt—embracing the change and the excitement of the challenge. As a result, transformation is now a way of life.

After recently experiencing my father's memory loss and death, I had the tangible sense that part of my identity, particularly part of my Japanese self, disappeared.​ ​This experience accelerated my curiosity in my shifting cultural experiences. The overwhelming urge was to untangle my identities using my own visual language.

"Undulating #1" and "Undulating #2" were temporary created side by side on the wall. These pieces were about my inner self-portrait (Japanese and Western influenced).
Exhibition “Materialis" at Space Gallery in Denver, Co, 2019.

Photo: Wes Magyer