Denver, CO, February 01, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Arna Miller, in partnership with San Francisco-based SPOKE Art Gallery, will release a new original screen print on February 13th in Honolulu, HI. The pop-up gallery show, titled “My Neighbor Hayao,” will pay homage to the films of Hayao Miyazaki and will occur in conjunction with Pow Wow, an annual week-long art festival in Hawaii.
Miller’s five-color screen print, titled “They Cause Tsunamis,” makes reference to a scene in Ponyo, Miyazaki’s version of the original Little Mermaid story.
“In the movie,” Miller explains, “the five-year-old main character, Sosuke, shows a group of elderly ladies the goldfish that he found. One woman, Yoshi, recoils and says ‘Fish with faces who come out of the sea cause tsunamis. That’s what they always say.’”
“Which,” Miller adds, “turns out to be correct."
The poster design is inspired by vintage Asian firecracker packages and Japanese woodblock prints, while also drawing from the mystery and mystique that envelopes Ponyo. “Magic is understood, and no one is afraid of it,” Miller muses over the film. “Sosuke tells his mom that Ponyo turned into a little girl, and she replies that the world is a strange and magical place, and then they get on with their day.”
The opening night reception for “My Neighbor Hayao” will take place on Wednesday February 13th at the Ala Moana Center (1450 Ala Moana Blvd) in Honolulu, HI. The show runs through Sunday February 17th. Prints can also be purchased online through SPOKE Art Gallery.
About Arna Miller:
Arna Miller is an artist and screen printer in the Denver metro area. She works out of her home studio with husband and fellow artist Ravi Zupa. Miller draws inspiration from book illustrations, vintage packaging, matchboxes, magic show posters, and early-20th century illustrations. Her aim is to create narrative illustrations that depict magical moments, operating under the guiding rule of “Possible, but Not Likely.”
About Pow Wow Art Festival:
The Pow Wow Art Festival occurs every year during Valentine’s day week in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu and brings 100+ international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art.
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