PROJECT 387

Artist Residency, Artist Community

Located on 150 acres of redwood forest, Project 387 provides a multidisciplinary residency program offering a community-based living and working experience for artists in all career stages. The residency is a unique opportunity to delve into the creative process in a focused, exploratory, and rigorous manner while removed from the clamor of urban distractions.

Meet Masako Miki

Masako Miki took some time to answer a few questions about her practice and upcoming stay at Project 387. Read on to learn more!

p387: Tell us briefly about the focus of your work.

MM: I am interested in creating a narrative concerning dilemmas, dichotomies, and metamorphosis. These psychological states continue to shift in processes of adaptation. The animal motif and their behaviors are used as a metaphor for the human psyche.  The narratives provide characters the viewer can relate to; in a similar way mythologies reveal our unique attribute of empathy. The fictitious context seems to invite more honest responses. 

The adaptation/evolution processes imply the enigmatic, and an almost magical quality in us, which makes me wonder about things beyond our perception.  I want to create a narrative where boundaries are lifted so our perceptions continue to expand from here.

 p387: What themes are you currently exploring?

 MM: My current themes are sperm whales, and cave paintings. I am exploring different formats to show my drawings, including performance and film.  Other recent motifs are mask, moons, lanterns, and fabric. 

p387: What are you looking at, reading, or listening to right now that is influencing your work or process?

MM: Right now I am researching sperm whales. I just finished reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.  Other readings are Mythologies by Roland Barthes, and The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson.  I recently got a collection on Japanese mythology, and am reading about Shintoism again.

p387: What does a typical day in the studio/office look like for you?

MM: A typical day in my studio starts with emails and research before I physically begin work. I work on several pieces simultaneously. Often my time is split between the actual work, and running errands to prep for the work.  Sometimes I’ll stay in my studio all day and night.

p387: Is there anything unusual that helps you stay focused while working?

MM: Usually, podcasts, music or the radio is on when I am in the studio. I’ve been keeping my art journals close by.  They are pocket size moleskin notebooks.  Ideas, sketches, quotes, notes, and scraps are kept here- very raw materials about my thoughts.      

p387: What's the best advice someone has giving you about your work? The worst?

MM: The first is to be honest about what you want to make. That is the only thing it really matters. The worst is not to follow this. 

p387: Are you involved in any upcoming shows/events/happenings?

MM: I am in a group show “Survival Adaptations” at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery in San Francisco. The exhibition dates are July 12-August 9.  Also my piece is included in Artist’s Survival Guide Chapbook, which will be available at the gallery.  In August I am going to Kamiyama Artist in Residence in Tokushima, Japan. The residency runs until November 6th. I will return to the Bay Area at the end of this year. 

p387: Is there one particular thing you are most looking forward to at Project 387?

MM: I am looking forward to interacting with other artists and being inspired by the place!

Here's a sneak peak of the view from the Hill House. We're hoping for weather like this in August!

Here's a sneak peak of the view from the Hill House. We're hoping for weather like this in August!