Meiko Ando has been active as a printmaker and dancer/choreographer based in Toronto since 1993. Meiko has been participating in artist-in residence for internationally recognized artist group, Boreal Art/Nature (Quebec) and exhibited at Artword Theatre and Gallery (Toronto) and Creative Spirit Art Centre (Toronto). In 2006 her work was chosen for juried print show at John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. She was a recipient of Arts Toronto Protégé Honors in Toronto (1999). Recent publications of her work include “Woman Critiqued” (University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006) and “Bad Girls of Japan” (Palgrave Macmillan, N.Y.C., 2005). The images of Meiko’s print emerged as a result of Meiko’s dance performances. The images are dreamlike in a sense that it is about the unknown that exists but invisible to our eyes.
Meiko Ando (Toronto, Canada): Circle, 2008
There is a mountain where souls return after death. In this place they wait in stillness and silence. It is a place where invisible reality resides side by side with our reality. All sounds are accompanied by inaudible sounds. Everything there casts invisible shadows. Many of the old legends and rituals continue to exist on this mountain. On the Day of the Dead, the souls on the mountain are called back to rejoin their families and friends in this world where they feast and celebrate together. During the Day of the Dead, the inaudible voices and sounds are heard and invisible shadows become visible.
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