Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Wish

Rodriguez-Izumi’s Wish is an audience participation and installation piece based on the Japanese tradition of the Ema – a wooden wishing plaque used in the Shinto and Buddhist tradition onto which worshippers write prayers, wishes and gratitudes. They are traditionally used to convey a wish to the priests of the temple and the kamis (gods) but also serve a social function as public communication within the community that an individual has made a wish in. Wish is an experience that references this communal ritualistic process in a quotidian manner.