Dependence. Independence.

Peter Bakelaar

March 18, 2020Nagoya, Japan

Rolling Geta (2020) was displayed, along with over 20 other works, on February 1, 2020 at Oyumino Christian Center, Chiba, Japan as part of a community art festival. This particular piece was part of an earlier exhibition in Nagoya entitled, The Color of Balance. It takes extraordinary balance to stay on the rolling geta (Japanese traditional footwear). "I can do it myself" traces all the way back to Genesis 3. This piece examines the process of self realization of our lack of independence.

The work generated great discussion, while demonstrating our need for each other and for God, without whom we cannot have true balance.