Contemplation is a central theme in my work—the viewer is invited to regard the works as prompts to uncover memories, recognize images, and to create their own stories and meditations. Much of the imagery in the work comes from my Japanese/Buddhist ancestral background, however, interpretation of the works is left to the viewer. Meaning is derived from responses that depend on the viewer’s cultural or personal background. This is the intent of my work: through the use of familiar images or objects in an unfamiliar context, an artistic koan or meditative puzzle is created for the viewer to contemplate, to write their own story.