2011-03-11 05:46:24 UTC
On March 11th, 2011 at 5:45:24 UTC the 9.1 magnitude Tōhoku megathust earthquake shook Japan. I experienced this earthquake first hand in the basement of a skyscraper in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. This piece is about what it felt like to emotionally process one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in human history. The series of four paintings, Tōhoku 2011-03-11 05:46:24 UTC, is based on my own personal memory guided by 3D model views and live animations of the seismic data. I reconnected with the 5 minute event on canvas through the psychological and physical space of gestural painting.
Tōhoku I 2011-03-11 05:46:24 UTC Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 48 inches August 2017
Tōhoku II 2011-03-11 05:46:24 UTC Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 48 inches August 2017
Tōhoku III 2011-03-11 05:46:24 UTC Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 48 inches August 2017
Tōhoku IV 2011-03-11 05:46:24 UTC Acrylic on Canvas 96 x 48 inches August 2017
My eyes changed from hazel green to dark blue for a few hours after the event— in fear.
What is that loud clanking sound coming from the building above — that is the sound of the beams hitting each other.
During the first aftershook, I laid down on the ground near a large tree in the park— to be part of the shaking ground, not separate from it.
I wanted to keep looking at the sky— it was not moving.