Ritual Spotlight

Yoko Ono

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”
—Yoko Ono

Japanese icon Yoko Ono is a multimedia artist and human rights activist. She’s written songs, books, and poetry; directed films and exhibitions; spearheaded massive protests and not-for-profits; all the while reminding women and men alike that a life without love is not a life worth living.

As a child, Yoko was very sensitive to light and sound. She discovered matches as a means for self-soothing and would strike matchstick after matchstick watching the flame extinguish in a dark room. The repetition of the light and sound associated with this simple act gave her a sense of relief—one that she would often share with her sister, continuously lighting matches until she calmed down. Eventually, this personal ritual became a performance piece called Lighting, which was recorded with the collective Fluxus in 1955.