The seasons are changing + what once was dormant is coming back to life in the most magical way!
As exciting as it is to step into a new season with fresh energy, I’ve noticed some abrupt endings for myself + others around me + my heart aches.
Maybe you can relate…
No matter who [or what] you’ve lost, you definitely know how difficult it can be to move forward or feel like life will ever be the same.
The truth is: it won’t.
In my own life, I experienced an unexpected death at a young age; it changed the course of my life + up-ended our family permanently.
It also filled me with an ocean of purpose to be fully present here while I’m alive.
When that felt too hard, or I didn’t know how to be with my emotions, or I needed a conduit for what had no words…I created art.
To this day, death is still a driving force in + for my work.
If you read my post about my name, SHI, you know that it actually translates to “death” in Japanese. It may seem morbid, but I believe death is one of our universal connections.
We will all experience a loved one departing this plane + we will all depart ourselves at some point.
I don’t claim to have the answers to what’s on the other side of this life, but I do know the pain, grief, anger, understanding + every other emotion that comes from the experience of losing someone.
The way I see it, we’re here temporarily + I am grateful that my work allows me to honor those who’ve reached the end [including this commemorative commission of an amazing friend].
When there are no words, there is art.