Kiyoko Matsuyama believes that worrying about the past or the future is wasted energy. For her the answers to life’s problems never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still. The Japanese artist creates fiber sculptures that reflect upon how our feelings of frustration and anxiety can be overcome when we learn to let go. “We never stop thinking and often have many thoughts at the same time,” Matsuyama observes. “I feel it’s important to keep a mindful perspective on those thoughts that benefit us most,” she says. After studying glass in Kawasaki, Japan, Matsuyama moved to the United States where she earned an M.F.A. in Glass from Kent State University in 2013 and an M.F.A.