48” x 48”
Wikako was my lover off and on from 2009 to about 2016. She moved back to Japan in 2011 but would come to visit from time to time. And then sometimes she just showed up in my art. This piece was done during a very rare moment when I was teaching art. I was doing a demonstration about the potential power of working on found plywood. She just appeared right there in front of the class. None of my students knew her. They just thought it was a nice drawing but I was astonished by the accidental likeness. And yes, the raw jagged edges where one layer of the plywood was torn back was visually striking against the tender lines that described her young flesh. I made my point more deeply than my students realized.