Kayo reveals the key to happiness
A talented glass artist who calls the Blue Mountains home, Kayo has exhibited works right across the globe since emigrating from Japan in the late 90s – from Chicago to Broken Hill in outback NSW.
Kayo’s unique style is hard to miss; her stunning glass blown creations tell unique stories of home, nature and companionship that hint at the universal comfort of nature in unfamiliar places.
Her most recent work ‘Up!’ captures Kayo’s familiar style with hand crafted balloons that will be carefully positioned among the heights of the Jurassic rainforest to capture the eye of visitors from near and far.
“I want Up! to take viewers on a journey and strip back the layers of daily life to bring back happy memories from the past,” she said. “Above all, I want people to smile.”
Exploring the notion of childhood memories, Kayo hopes viewers will get caught in the moment and tap into memories from the past when they see her masterpiece set among the Blue Mountains rainforest.
“We all have memories we want to remember; they are a driving force for your life, but the busyness of life makes us forget,” she said. “Glass as the object has a memory; once you make [glass] it is frozen in time – and each time you see it, it takes you back to that one special moment that brings so much joy.”
Kayo’s enthusiasm for life is clear in her artworks, and her latest creation is certainly no exception.
“Happiness is the most important thing of life and I want all of my artworks to make people smile,” she said. “You can cry by yourself, but you can’t laugh by yourself… life is better shared with others.”
Kayo’s creation will be exhibited at Sculpture at Scenic World from April 13 – May 13, which features an extensive free public program including family-friendly workshops, daily guided tours and entry to Sculpture Otherwise at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
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