Artist Biography: Fumie Mune
Fumie Mune uses her deep understanding of Japanese zen art to integrate her perception of body, life and world into one structure.
She creates her artworks as tools to bring about revolution in the mass consumption society.
She also challenges the divide between art pieces and practical goods, because she points out the unspoken premise in Zen that all Zen art pieces such as zen garden, zen calligraphy, zen drawing have been made for practical use to deepen one’s meditation and spirituality.
Following the zen tradition, Mune’s zen art pieces are made to practical use so that one can absorb the essence of her art with 6 senses.
Raised by a mother who is a pious Buddhist as well as a master of Sado (=Cha, Japanese Tea ceremony) , Fumie Mune has been surrounded by embodiments of the very essence of teaching of traditional Japanese concept of body and space since her childhood.
Growing up with running around Satoyama mountains and rice fields of a small town in Japan, she has enjoyed observing transitory nature of atmosphere caused by changing seasons. The beauty of the nature urged her to create poets, drawings and tea huts from at young age. These habits naturally shaped her keen enough mind and body to later become the founder of Herb yoga which forms a stream in the world history of yoga.
At age 14, she decided Art as her lifework, and also determined to go over to US all by herself to deepen Art from the western point of view. She enrolled a boarding school, Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania and after three years, acquired her international baccalaureate.
She questioned herself as a Japanese, what message she really wanted to bring to the world?
She came back to Japan to observe the orient and Japan again and deepens her practice of Tea, Zen, meditation and yoga.
She met Kentaro later became her husband, who was a researcher in the field of environment and sustainable development in the world.
Fumie and Kentaro moved to Thailand along with their son for Kentaro’s research in developping countries.
During 6 years of living in Thailand, Fumie Mune proposed a lifestyle and methodology of Herb yoga based on the experience which they have overcame their son’s asthma by seeking varieties of world natural remedies.
As she has studied perspective of body and mind from a wide variety of oriental wisdom; Theravada Buddhism in Thailand, Yoga and Japanese cultures, she has reached to the point to realize that art and meditation could not be divided, but integrated as one.
Now Mune put her burning creativity into her Zen Kodo mats and installation art.
CV of Fumie Mune
b. 1980, Tochigi, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo (Japan) and Bangkok(Thailand)
Wyoming Seminary, PA, U.S
B.A. Rikkyo University(Tokyo)
Art Masters’ School (Tokyo)
“Shining Woman in Bangkok”, ChoChoGREEN Gallery, July 2010, Bangkok
“ChoCho Museum”, ChoChoGREEN Gallery, June to July 2014, Tokyo
“Moon and Light Bubbles”, ChoChoGREEN Gallery, October to November 2015, Bangkok
“Yoga Mat Monsters”, ChoChoGREEN Gallery, 20 April to 15 May, 2017, Tokyo
“Yugami G-woman & man”, May 2010, Tokyo
“Morning Bird”, January 2017
Published Writing by the Artist
*All the books were written and designed by Fumie and Kentaro Mune.
Fumie Mune, “Shisebi Method”, Book, Marble-Tron Company, April 2010
Fumie & Kentaro Mune, “The Bible of Revolution of Beautty” self-published book distributed in Japan to after 3 .11 Tsunami and nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan
“Herb Yoga”, Book, BAB Japan Company, December 2012, Japan
“Introduction of Herb Yoga”, DVD, BAB Japan Company, January 2013, Japan
“Tips to Start Teaching Yoga”, Book, ChoChoGREEN Publishing, October 2015, Japan
“One Yoga Mat Revolution”, Book, ChoChoGREEN Publishing, January 2017, Japan
“Japanese Tea Ceremony”, Friendship Event, Asian Institure of Technology, Thailand
2008 to Now
“Herb Yoga Method”, Japan and Thailand, more than 10 thousands of people have practiced, more than 100 people have joined in Teacher Training Program
“ZEN kodo Mat workshop: Space and ZEN”, ChoChoGREEN Center, Tokyo
“ZEN kodo Mat workshop: What is Yantra?”, ChoChoGREEN Center, Tokyo
2012 to Now
Tokyo and Bangkok
Thonglor in Bangkok
Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand
Kingston, PA, USA