Toko Shiiki was born in Japan. She lived, learned, and experienced in Tokyo most of her life and moved to Michigan, USA 2005. She exhibits her work nationally and has earned multiple awards. ********* I have a passion for photography that tells a story. Many of my images are inspired by dreams and my life experiences. I have been working on the "inner-life documentary" project, to visualize what I've experienced at this present time. I find photography to be a most effective way to express my view of the world (inside and outside.) No matter what my subject is, I want to create images that tell a story. But it is my hope that every time people see my photographs, they will feel encouraged to interpret the images in their own way. Art is my life power, and I am still finding ways to let it speak through me.
This is my story of midlife awakening. The concept for this photographic project arrived while I was constructing some egg shell forms; In the middle of a journey, I'm in-between birth and death. After long conversation about "midlife" with my husband, age 42, I felt – very clearly – that I must do this photo project with him. This project is not a fantasy for me, it is an inner-life documentary. Poised between now and now, the series continues.