Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner

This morning I woke up early and hightailed it over to David Zwirner's 19th Street galleries in Chelsea. There are only a few more days I'll be in the city before Macke and I fly out to California for the holidays. I wanted to catch Yayoi Kusama's Festival of Life exhibit as well as her infinity room. I waited for 4 hours outside as snowflakes softly fell for NYC's first snow of the season. I can't remember the last time I waited so long in line for something - it was a reminder of the determination it takes sometimes to live in this city. The opportunity to see Yayoi Kusama's work for free...it was worth it!

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I'm happy that a woman, Asian artist is being recognized globally and lauded for her modern art. I love how her introspection led to her breaking out of her cultural, societal constraints to establish her own style. She moved to NYC and then back to Japan (where she currently has lived for the past 40 years, having checked herself into an institution for the poor state of her mental health). She one said "If it were not for art, I would have killed myself a long time ago." I like thinking of her thinking of what she will make next and how she directs her energy into creativity. 

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The art she makes is so immersive. It's so different from the digital world I live in. Her art is so tangible (but be warned, you're not allowed to touch!) and I feel like I can get lost in it wandering around.

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Home to San Diego

Macke and I got lucky this year and get to go home twice in the span of one month! Our first trip out was to visit my parents and little sister. San Diego is in this marvelous blooming period right now. A city already rich with Californian history and fond memories of all who visit, it's still improving by undergoing a renovation in the food scene. We had a good time eating fresh seafood and enjoying non-NYC prices. I love getting out of our NYC bubble to see what cool things are going on in other parts of the world. 

Pictured above ^^..... my little sis! She's a civil engineer specifically working in storm water. I'm super proud of this girl joining a work force where only 11% are women. Smart cookie.

xo, N.

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Something I've been working on for a couple of weeks is a new look for materials in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Scenes depicted in the larger banner are the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, Luther posting the 95 Theses in 1517, the Leipzig Debate, and the Burning of the Papal Bull in 1520. Check out the graphics below:

Summer with Friends

Last night some dear friends and I went around Koreatown for food and drink. I love NYC in the summer! It feels so alive and playful. It will be 8 years next month that I've been here and I'm still captivated by its energy and aura of adventure. Each neighborhood is so different! And the city is always changing. I used to live around the corner from Koreatown and would go often for groceries or to pick up baked goods. Now so many new places cropped up, old ones closed down, but there's always a stream of folks looking for a good time.

When I pass a place that gives me nostalgia, a stream of visual memory crops up in my mind and it's funny to see what images are stored away deep in my brain that I'd forgotten. Living in a constantly-changing city like NYC for so long, I feel like I've already lived different lives and built memories on top of memories, sometimes forgetting old ones. I am very thankful for my experience here, getting to know myself better and meeting new people who I've come to love. I met the love of my life here - in an airport, no less! Can you believe it?

Macke snapped this one of me (left) and Joann (right):