Visiting a neighboring town 25 years ago led to my decision to make the former Kawamukai Elementary School in the town of Biratori my studio. If I had not lived here, my artworks would not have been created. In my life I have no computer or car, but I have fun interacting with local people. The people of the town look at my woodblock prints and immediately recognize the places they depict. Walking around and creating art based on what I see, my understanding of the town deepens.
When I walk through the forest or along the river, I feel the presence of the Hokkaido Sika Deer or the brown bear, and I become attuned to the visits of migratory birds. Little things I experience in my life become motifs for my artwork and nothing makes me happier than realizing that only I, who am present at that moment, can express it.
Saru River Art Museum
The school building of the Biratori Town Kawamukai Elementary School, which closed in 1991, was renovated and is being put to use as a place for activities related to local culture and artistic activities. For example, it is used as a studio and for painting classes. Five or six times a year (between June and December), exhibitions are held of work by students from painting classes and Hokkaido artists including Miwako Kodama.
61 Kawamukai, Biratori-cho, Saru-gun, Hokkaido