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Gallery Hours: Fri & Sat 1-5 PM

Opening Reception: Sat. June 4, 3-5 PM


2021.06.04 - 06.25

Tomoyo Ihaya


Tomoyo Ihaya was born in Tsu-City, Mie, Japan and is based in Vancouver, Canada. Her works have been featured in solo and two-person shows in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, India, Canada, and the United States. She has  participated in many artists’ residencies in Asia and has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council and the British Columbia Arts Council. Her work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Ihaya holds a BA (German Literature) from Rikkyo University, Tokyo, and an MFA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton.


The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Wakayama Art Museum and friends who donated to  crowdfunding of the project.

Inspired by people whom she met in the past 17 years of her journeys, Paths is the new project by Vancouver-based artist Tomoyo Ihaya. In numerous communities she visited and got to know personally, Ihaya came across individuals with spirit of compassion and altruism for the world’s peace and everyone’s well being. Hence she set out to create a series of zines that merges different stories and experiences. With contributions by writers, journalists and activists on themes including meanings of life, freedom and humanity, the result is a compelling work that extends across cultures and borders.


According to the artist:


"Even if we, living in separate communities and speak different languages, haven't met one another in person, we may be able to connect one another by reading writings and poems in each language . . . Many lives have been sacrificed, human rights persecutions have increased in multiple pieces of lands, and there are many more people struggling to survive. I can only hope and pray for the sufferings to end. On the other hand, I feel that this adversity is an opportunity to rethink the direction how we can live as a part in an interconnected world. This humble project can be a small contribution for that."


This exhibition is consisted of original art from her zines and related work, with text in English, Korean, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese. There are also artist's postcards and prints for sale. The artist will be present every Saturday afternoon during the run of the exhibition.


Contributing authors:

Mika Funakoshi (Japan)

Youngju Jin (Korea)

Wen Shue Lai (Taiwan)

Robin Lawrence (Canada)

Tenzin Tsundue (India and Tibet)

Tsering Woeser (Tibet)


Editor-in-Chief: Leanne Johnson (Canada)
Designer: Myoung-Jae Lee(Korea)


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