Mixed Half Children in Kimono in front of a shinto shrine in Iwaki city, Fukushima Japan. Mixed bi-racial artist now creates pottery in Brisbane Australia.

The Story Behind "Oddly Mixed"

The concept of identity has always been an intricate puzzle for me.
Being half Japanese and half Canadian, my childhood was a blend of cultures, languages, and experiences.

While I cherished the richness of my multicultural background and the incredible experiences I had growing up, there was a lingering sense of being caught between two identities – neither fully Japanese nor entirely Canadian.
This internal conflict often left me feeling like an outsider, an oddity in a world that often seeks to neatly categorise people based on their heritage and appearance. I couldn't shake the feeling of being different, of not quite fitting in anywhere. My "odd" perspective on life was both a blessing and a burden, shaping the way I viewed myself and how others perceived me.

I found solace when I decided to move to Australia sight unseen, a place I now proudly call home. It was here, amidst a new culture and the backdrop of a pandemic, that I was able to prioritise self-reflection and acceptance.
I discovered pottery during this isolating time in my life, which has been an incredible creative outlet for me and has compelled me to step out of my house, meet people, and make friends.

In embracing my "Oddly Mixed" heritage, I've found a newfound sense of empowerment by celebrating a beautiful fusion of my Japanese and Canadian ancestry in my art. Living in Australia has also left its mark on my work, adding new layers of texture and inspiration.

Through my creations, I seek to weave together the threads of my heritage, offering a glimpse into the kaleidoscope of experiences that have shaped my identity. I want my creations to reflect the beauty of being "oddly mixed" and serve as a reminder that our differences are not something to be hidden or ashamed of, but rather to be embraced and celebrated.

I hope my work brings joy to everyone who interacts with my work, but I am especially inspired to create for those who navigate the complex terrain of multiculturalism and find strength in their diversity.

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