Interview with Aiko Suzuki and Kerri Sakamoto/Midi Onodera, Tape 21 [Edited], [Full]
Tributaries: Reflections of Aiko Suzuki
is user-friendly, designed to let viewers to select content based on their interests.
contains essays by artist/educator Cindy Mochizuki and arts writer/novelist Kyo Maclear (The Letter, 2007) that reveal the context of the DVD and introduce Aiko Suzuki’s work.
explores themes that include: contemporary Canadian women artists, feminism, Asian Canadian identity and illness and activism.
provides insight into several art disciplines, including: new music composition, print-making, video installation, abstract art, and contemporary writing.
Video still from ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Donkey’
Spatial View of Pond (14:17)
Inspired by a Suzuki painting of the same name, new music composer, Ann Southam’s exquisite, minimal piano work accompanies a lyrical visualization of three of Suzuki’s artworks.
Portrait of the Artist as a Donkey (9:23)
In this video poem, acclaimed writer and poet, Joy Kogawa, pays homage to Suzuki’s life. Shifting between the busy movements of an urban landscape and the graceful textures of nature, this mesmerizing piece is a quiet reflection on living as an artist in contemporary times.
Visual artist Grace Channer employs digital animation techniques to create visual poetry from Suzuki’s gestural actions. Together with a hauntingly eloquent soundtrack by Chiyoko Szlavnics, “Estuary” is an interchange between stillness and action.