The Art People Gallery celebrates this upcoming International Women’s Day with the opening of the virtual exhibition To Each Their Own. To Each Their Own offers three perspectives and definitions of what a Home means. Jaech, Kawata, and Wong; friends who all attended the California College of the Arts, now reunited through a virtual space. Each of the artists hail from vastly different international backgrounds; yet find common ground with using their art as a voice, female expression, and the universal quarantine experience we face worldwide today. To Each Their Own is a collaboration of 3 innovative young women sharing their interpretations of what a home is – a unique place of connotation, ranging from comfort to ennui to imprisonment to solace.
What is To Each Their Own?
San Francisco Bay Area, 2013. It was in this time and place where the artists Lisa Jaech, Marina Kawata, and Lisa Wong Sook Kuan met. All three attended the California College of the Arts, hailing from three very different backgrounds and influences. Wong and Kawata were students from the illustration department (although neither ended up practicing) and Jaech was in animation. Through this period of time of shared experiences, up and downs, inside jokes and home-cooked food, these three artists were able to reunite years later, in a sense, through art (and video call) in the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021. As of the present, the three artists are currently quarantining in three different countries :the United States, Sweden, and Malaysia - as “socially distanced” as they could be from each other. Yet, through the exploration of their own homes, other’s quarantine spaces, and internal and external struggles, the idea of To Each Their Own was materialised.
What does To Each Their Own represent as an exhibition? In such crazy, unforeseen circumstances that have swept the globe, the quarantine has forced all of us to be confined to our homes. Home is a word that can both comfort and disturb, provide sanctuary and imprison, and relax and tense the individual. Home is something that is so tied to an individual’s perception of it that the definition can wildly change from person-to-person. To Each Their Own aims to provide three distinctly personal definitions of what the home means to three different artists. Through the pandemic, all three artists shared a variety of emotional and physical states that emerge from a time spent long at home – feelings of frustrations, of loneliness, of ennui, the urge to create, to share, to seek comfort. As humans, regardless of where we are, all share the pandemic experience of being at home more than we ever have been. To Each Their Own is a sense, a salve - a means of looking into the homes of others, and perhaps a break from our own.