Richard Hoare
… All good journeys contain some revelation about oneself, or the place one visits or even an aspect of a companion traveller. Before I set off for Japan in 2017, a much revered Japanese friend told me of Ma 間 and an extraordinary thing happened as we talked . She was describing the encounter with this Essence that I already experienced and practised in my work as a Painter . She showed me the Kanji, and within its composition I saw my Journey as a Painter … This Kanji is made from two other separate words: Gateway and Sunlight entering through that opening . “

Gateway ⾨ Sunlight ⽇ Ma 間

— Excerpt from Artist Statement in The Song of Koumi Exhibition Catalogue