May God Bless Her! #298, 2021, 19.5x10.5x10", 50x27x25cm
This sculpture reminds me of my grandfather.
After 10 years of one miscarriage after another, his daughter-in-law was finally blessed with healthy twin babies. One of them was me. Anticipating that my mother would not be able to have more children, Grandfather named me (the first born) “Yoko,” taking “yo” from his company “Tenyoh.” The name implied his expectation that I would inherit his business. He took me, a future successor, everywhere, piggybacking me under his kimono. At mealtime, he seated me in his crossed legs. Grandfather was the one who taught my sister and me to read, write, and draw. I did not fulfill his expectations, but I now carry his company name. May his love and wisdom be reborn in my creations!