Taiji Arita was constantly creating. Dreaming, sketching, thinking. His wife Masako tells us that he was a prolific dreamer, and that in his dreams he saw art. Taiji kept notebooks, art supplies and a large roll of paper on a hand made spool near his bedside. He frequently woke from a sleep to sketch and make notes based on the content of his dreams. This was something that Taiji did for years and years on end, creating a huge catalog of his thoughts and ideas.
During his waking hours Taiji would expand upon these ideas. More sketching, thinking, working, experimenting… this process would inevitably feed back into his subconscious and dream states. Taiji worked and thought in depth. What comes before begets what follows. A repeated pattern. A continuous cycle.
As Taiji’s illness progressed his bed takes on a new significance. Whereas before the bed was a fertile ground for his imagination, now the man forcibly resigned to spend so much of his remaining time in bed, must use it to contemplate, reflect upon and prepare for the departure of his physical form from this world.
This installation piece, titled The Bed is part of PURE – Taiji Arita Memorial Retrospective and Group Show, and was created by Masako Arita, Jason Cowan, and Inga Ilze Peterson. The show is up during August 2012 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Mendocino, CA. Click here for more details about the show, including gallery hours.