For millennia East Asian artists have enhanced paintings with calligraphy, the abstract, graphic qualities of the brush strokes reverberating with the meanings of text and image.
Now a mother-daughter duo brings this ancient art into the 21st century:
In the orginal version, created for Seattle, transparent wall hangings by Midori Kono Thiel in the Wing Luke Museum emphasized the abstract nature of calligraphic art by deconstructing Japanese characters across multiple layers of mylar. Her daughter Tamiko Thiel
enhanced both the gallery installation and sites of family history around Seattle with augmented reality (AR)*
These virtual artworks further de- and re-construct Midori's
boldly abstract, gestural calligraphy into visual poems, marking sites of this
Japanese American family's four generations of involvement with Seattle. (Note: this version is currently not accessible.)
For the second edition, addressing Midori's and Tamiko's family roots in Silicon Valley going back to 1908,
Midori's calligraphies were shown as a gallery installation in the Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College Cupertino, enhanced by Tamiko's augments and prints of AR sites in San Jose Japantown. The site specific public artworks are sponsored by Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) with support from the California History Center, De Anza College.