Yukari Chikura

Fluorite Fantasia (Looking For My Father…)

Fluorite is a beautiful mineral that catches the light of our star and radiates it back in the darkness of night.  

My stone was a memento from my father, glowing and enigmatic.

His death was too sudden.  

Before we realized the cancer attacked from all directions and took him.

All I wanted was to sit down with him and talk about his experiences, ask him about the secrets he carried with him, but before I could gather my will to do so, he was stricken mute, then disappeared into mystery.

Why did I have to wait? Why did I not put all my effort into living this precious time with him?

After his death I walked with tears behind my eyes and bitterness under my heart.

In the cold beautiful blue stone innumerable stars glittered and drifted. In a dream I wandered among them, searching.

When I woke up, unexpectedly I found myself in the house where he was a child. It was full of smells and sounds and familiar but cryptic and mystical objects. His presence felt so strong that I thought his voice might come from the next room.

Though I am unsure as of why, but I believed, deep inside myself, that I could meet father there. day after day, wandering around in the mystical scenery, I looked for him.

“We all have our time machines, don’t we.
Those that take us back are memories…
And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”
—H.G. Wells

About the Artist
Born in Tokyo, Japan. Yukari Chikura studied music in university and went on to become a music composer, arranger and computer programmer. S

he is the winner of STEIDL BOOK AWARD. She has won LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2016, Sony World Photography Awards , Photolucida Critical Mass TOP50 (Winner) 2016 & 2015, FOCUS Photo L.A., PX3, International Photography Award, National Geographic among others. Chikura has projects collected in Griffin Museum in US and Bibliotheque national de France.

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