Thematically, Mayumi Amada’s work explores women in a generational context using traditional techniques and their iconography. Amada uses a doily in various settings and materials – some incongruous — as a vehicle for this investigation. A doily is meaningful for Amada, because the techniques for making them have been handed down through generations for a long time and the repeated stitches and repeated patterns also imply the repetition of generations. Long uncut threads used to make doilies exemplify our continuing life line.
Amada is interested in reusable materials and recycling. The idea of “reuse” and “recycling” contains the meaning of “rebirth” and “giving new life” she is exploring the connection between these recyclable materials and her thematic interests. Taking sustainable and environmental-friendly art making approaches also reinforces the theme.
Amada’s recent work is focused on mortality and meaning of life. That is to say, she is trying to find herself and how she should live and die by creating artwork. Through her work, she is also hoping that the viewers have a moment to think about their own lives, and motivate them to consider what they want to or need to do to lead a fulfilling life.