Toko Shiiki was born in Japan. She lived, learned, and experienced in Tokyo most of her life and moved to Michigan, USA 2005. She exhibits her work nationally and has earned multiple awards. ********* I have a passion for photography that tells a story. Many of my images are inspired by dreams and my life experiences. I have been working on the "inner-life documentary" project, to visualize what I've experienced at this present time. I find photography to be a most effective way to express my view of the world (inside and outside.) No matter what my subject is, I want to create images that tell a story. But it is my hope that every time people see my photographs, they will feel encouraged to interpret the images in their own way. Art is my life power, and I am still finding ways to let it speak through me.
Entry description: At the conclusion of psycho-therapy, I decided to travel to Japan, to visit several locations from my childhood. During therapy, I had visited these places, in my mind, in order to find my own lost little self. When I would find "her" there, I would hold her hand, to live every "now" together. This therapy was beneficial, but, I kept wondering: "Are these places actually the dark places I remember? Shouldn't I witness those places now, in order to confirm that these stories belong to my past?" I decided to photograph my self in these environments, as evidence of my process.