The Way to a Dream
By Mari Terauchi
About the pillowcases
Terauchi met a Kurdish man, who was tortured for no reason in prison in Iraq under the Sadam’s regime. In Turkey, he walked in snow without food for 2 weeks. His experience reminded her of her wish to be an artist while she was watching her footprints on snow in Germany. Everyone has different reason to take their way to another country. Every step leads them to their future. Different countries traditional shoes on pillowcases are a metaphor of the long way to UK from the immigrants’ home. They start with Japanese shoes, which are from Terauchi’s home country, and end with English shoes as of their goal. The middle shoes are from Kurdistan. They do not have right or left shoe. Each shoe can be worn by both feet. During the long journey, people might cleared their perplexity by trying to avoid to select choices; go back or forward, right or left, etc…only the goal is seen in front of them.
About Mari Terauchi
Mari Terauchi is a Japanese artist. She finished MA at Chelsea collage of Art and Design. She also studied in Germany between BA and MA. She has exhibited internationally; “P & P – picture vs. picture” ( China & Korea 2006 ) , “Open Desk After School” (Ragged School Museum 2005), “Full Circle” (Ireland 2005), and”Sound Out” organized by Richard Wilson (2004). Her work is archived in theImage Library at SculptureCenter in New York, and displayed in twinned galleries: Gallery Apart,London,UK, and Gallery Zandari,Seoul,South Korea.