2018/11/28

Hello Internet;

What am I working towards you ask? Well, I have a few projects in my head. After the Vardi Puppet house, writing a play may be my next step.

A few years ago I took an international exchange to Japan. I visited Tokyo for ten days and I lived in Sapporo, Hokkaido. I attended Hokusei Gakuen University and studied language and culture. I lived in Sapporo from September to December and lived with a Japanese family.

Laura-Beth Bird. Sapporo, Japan 2016

Laura-Beth Bird. Sapporo, Japan 2016

It is no secret that I love Japan. The people are so kind, the food is amazing and you are welcomed into the culture and history of the country. I was able to learn about flower arrangements, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy. I was even able to visit a Noh theater and see Bunraku.

I eventually figured out how to use trains. I had found my favorite coffee shops and stores. I was reading historical books translated into English in my spare time. The whole experience was a much-needed catharsis.

Laura-Beth Bird. Sapporo, Japan. 2016

Laura-Beth Bird. Sapporo, Japan. 2016

I have recently looked at returning to Japan to continue my artistic practice. There is something about the country that I just can't shake. I want to create a play around love, the impermanence of beauty and urbanization. I want to recreate bars that only fit five people tucked under train tracks. I want to show cherry blossoms and first snows. I want to tell stories of life and love.

I think that artist residencies are a fantastic way to just work. It's too easy to be distracted by everything that needs to be done at home. I dream of being able to pack my bags again and flying to Japan. Setting up in a studio and interviewing young and old couples about how they fell in love.

-Laura-Beth Bird