Sunday, February 15, 2004

On View In The Islands

Corinne Kamiya perches birds in whimsical settings in her bronze sculptures, on display at the Hawaii Pacific University Gallery through March 12.


Kandi Everett has an interesting relationships with birds. In the 1970s, she indulged her science hobby by dissecting birds for fun. But, Everett says, "there's something amazing about the way birds move. The flocks of birds in the air are like liquid moving." Everett began to feel regret at wielding the scalpel, and her interest in birds transformed from a scientific slant into an artistic one.

One result of this change is "Birdwatching," an exhibition of her bird monoprints, along with bronze sculptures by fellow bird afficianado Corinne Kamiya, at the Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery.

Kamiya, a University of Hawaii art student, has loved both art and birds for a long time. "I've been doing art since ... always." And birds, she says, are a wonderful vehicle for storytelling. "I can use them for my own personal inspiration, and they're good also for a general audience," she says.

"There are lots of stories I like out there that are about birds. My favorite one right now is about a composer who couldn't write music. He looked out his window and saw some birds on a telephone wire. Then he began composing the birds, and wrote from there," she says with delight.

Reflective of her whimsical appreciation of birds, Kamiya's sculptures place them in humorous and unexpected positions.

"Birdwatching" runs through March 12 at the Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery. The gallery is located at 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, at the HPU's Kaneohe campus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.

One of Kandi Everett's many bird monoprints from Kamiya and Everett's show, "Birdwatching."

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