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Japanese artist explores our brief time on Earth

Students examine Mayumi Amada’s “A Blip in Eternity,” made from cut-out pieces of plastic tarp, during Wednesday’s opening of Amada’s “Mortality in Eternity” exhibit at Fort Lewis College. “When we think the eternal flow of time, our life must be like a blip,” Amada wrote of the piece. “I believe that accepting this reality and reminding it all the time will help think how we should use the limited time to fulfill our life.” The shadow of this piece creates another doily on the floor and the wall. Enlarge photo

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Students examine Mayumi Amada’s “A Blip in Eternity,” made from cut-out pieces of plastic tarp, during Wednesday’s opening of Amada’s “Mortality in Eternity” exhibit at Fort Lewis College. “When we think the eternal flow of time, our life must be like a blip,” Amada wrote of the piece. “I believe that accepting this reality and reminding it all the time will help think how we should use the limited time to fulfill our life.” The shadow of this piece creates another doily on the floor and the wall.

The Fort Lewis College Art Gallery got a taste of the Far East on Wednesday, but Japanese artist Mayumi Amada’s exhibition “Mortality in Eternity” has a decidedly Western theme.

The installation is an ironic display that emphasizes the brevity of human life within the infinitely longer flow of time. While our time here on Earth has been relatively short, the human legacy will likely outlive the species and Amada’s use of nearly indestructible human creations hammers the point home. Plastic, in the form of recycled bottles, is the most prevalent material – kind of like the United States in 2013.

It’s a 3-dimensional exhibit that commands the full attention, if for no other reason than a visitor could walk right through a piece if distracted. Armada uses all of the gallery space, not just the floor and walls. Her work is philosophical and witty. Viewers encounter a floating field of flowers fashioned from recycled plastic bottles, a skull gazing into the infinite reflections of angled mirrors and a “human doily” of synchronized swimmers dissolving into patterns suggesting crystals or snowflakes.

A native of Japan, Amada now lives in Minneapolis. “Mortality in Eternity” will remain on display through March 28.

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Mayumi Amada’s “Floating/Ukiyo,” made from plastic bottles and monofilament, is part of the Japanese visiting artist’s exhibit “Mortality in Eternity” at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. “On the surface of a pool, flowers are floating with peaceful spiral movements, and the shadow of the flowers is being cast on the riverbed,” she wrote. “I hope our descendants also can see the same scenery in nature for several hundreds or thousands of years.” Enlarge photo

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Mayumi Amada’s “Floating/Ukiyo,” made from plastic bottles and monofilament, is part of the Japanese visiting artist’s exhibit “Mortality in Eternity” at the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. “On the surface of a pool, flowers are floating with peaceful spiral movements, and the shadow of the flowers is being cast on the riverbed,” she wrote. “I hope our descendants also can see the same scenery in nature for several hundreds or thousands of years.”

The art comes from all directions in Mayumi Amada’s multimedia exhibit “Mortality in Eternity” at Fort Lewis College. “Flower Field” (plastic bottles, acrylic tubing, blue LED lights, wire), seems to grow from the gallery floor. Enlarge photo

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The art comes from all directions in Mayumi Amada’s multimedia exhibit “Mortality in Eternity” at Fort Lewis College. “Flower Field” (plastic bottles, acrylic tubing, blue LED lights, wire), seems to grow from the gallery floor.

“I wear this because I don’t have nice clothes,” joked artist Mayumi Amada of the dress she made of metal for her opening of “Mortality in Eternity” in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery. Enlarge photo

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“I wear this because I don’t have nice clothes,” joked artist Mayumi Amada of the dress she made of metal for her opening of “Mortality in Eternity” in the Fort Lewis College Art Gallery.