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by Mikaela Olsson, staff writer


“We look out at nature in order to also gaze inward.” Mitsuda explained. “Daydreaming, we create an internal landscape with its own water, flowers and sky. Things are hidden, things are revealed, and then everything changes.”

Mitsuda’s colors range from orange and brown to blue and yellow, and titles tend to be generic: Ephemera I, II, III, and so on. Not all her paintings are for sale, but those that are range in price from $700 to $7,000. Her paintings in this exhibition reflect nature, with fall tones and whites on black.
Mitsuda was born in 1949 in A‘iea and received at Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. She has worked in a wide range of media including

ceramics, glassblowing, wood, welding, printmaking, drawing, painting, mixed media.
“ The pieces are the most recent of three continuing series,” Mitsuda’s said of her work in this exhibition. “Falling flowers, veils, landscapes, all the work is about the passage of time and our connection with nature.”

Mitsuda’s art work is not representative but it’s also not abstract. Mitsuda said that “painting has a wonderfully contradictory nature because it is flat and yet can suggest many dimensions.” That is one of the reasons she likes to keep her painting surfaces quite smooth. She wants to emphasize the fact that the space of the painting is an illusion. She applies paint in thin layers different colors suggesting different dimensions. And yet when you see through these very thin layers or veils of color, you are literally seeing through time.

The observer’s eye sees a sequence, Mitsuda explained and naturally understands it as a history. It’s similar to seeing a polished slice of agate or a piece of wood; it has a pattern to it that is very organized, a natural language that speaks to us. She thinks this is why we find the natural world so beautifully mysterious and hypnotic.

Whether it is the moving shapes of clouds or the silhouette of the Ko‘olaus, we are aware that we are a part of the same language pattern.

The HPU Art Gallery is located on the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited. For more information, call 544-0287.


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