Growing up in Jerry Takigawa’s family, when anyone spoke of camp, they weren’t referring to a pine-scented summer retreat; they were referring to the WWII American concentration camps sanctioned by Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. Enlisting memory, old family photographs, and the history of the Japanese American diaspora, Takigawa gained a new appreciation for the struggles his family endured. Balancing Cultures represents his personal expression and interpretation of the emotions, insights, and deep collective acceptance of the political and social injustices unexpressed by his immigrant grandparents and American-born parents. In Balancing Cultures, he interprets how it felt to endure economic loss, the pain of prejudice and imprisonment, and the repercussions of re-integration into post-war America.
A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols, images or shapes. Various spiritual practitioners employ mandalas as a guidance tool to focus their attention, to establish sacred spaces and as an aid for meditation and trance induction. In “New Age”, the mandala is a diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically: a time-microcosm of the universe. It originally represented wholeness and a model for the organizational structure of life itself; a cosmic diagram that shows the relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within minds and bodies (source: Wikipedia).