ARTIST STATEMENT

Through earthly materials, I explore the shared human conditions of love and suffering by creating emotional vital forms. I seek to create figures that are entirely unique, just as each individual. Therefore, I do not use models and instead, create forms derived from the subconscious. My artworks are not a copy of nature, but rather the reflection of the inner self, emotions, and the hidden figures within. Influenced by my Japanese American heritage, I believe deeply in the sacredness of materials. I work in an array of media such as ceramics, wire weaving, and origami where repetition is an integral part of my art-making process. I utilize repetitive movements like looping, folding, and coiling to reflect a meditative state. In this state, I allow myself to listen to the material and I push myself to make these repetitions until the expression is complete. By tuning in to what is emerging from the material, I create sculptures that contain their own spirit.
A major theme in my work is the resiliency of nature and humankind. As a descendant of atomic bomb survivors, it is my duty to remind others of this horrific time in history so that it will never be repeated. These narratives from the beginning of the Anthropocene give a greater understanding of a not so distant past that is still rooted among us. Artists who have influenced my work include Ruth Asawa, Isamu Noguchi, and Yoko Ono. These artists defy the Japanese phrase/philosophy of indifference: “shikata ga nai” which means “it cannot be helped, accept what is.” I believe that ameliorating the human condition does not occur through defeatism. Following in the footsteps of avant-garde Nikkei artists, I use my art to start dialogues on current social issues. 
One of my main sculpting philosophies is to capture the hidden figures that exist in the air around us. I weave wire and clay coils around the forms I see around me, waiting to be revealed. In a time of social distance, we have come to understand space as a separating force. However, I see air as the ether that connects all humankind. By opening my sculptural forms, I create vessels imbued with individualistic essence. These modern artifacts celebrate humankind’s connection with the earth and their desire to say “I was here.”

 

RESIDENCIES

December 2020

MING STUDIOS

Boise, ID

September 2020

SUREL'S PLACE

Garden City, ID

 

PARTNERSHIPS

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IDAHO MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL DIASPORA

 

EXHIBITIONS

November 11-13 2021

CLOSE PROXIMITY

Neri Gallery
Boise, ID

September 7 - October 27 2021

INTRODUCTIONS

Blue Galleries
Boise, ID

July 1 -31 2021

18TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

Art Source Gallery
Boise, ID

 March 20 - April 30 2021

LAND ART EXHIBIT

Idaho Botanical Garden
Boise, ID

November 2020 - March 2021

REVIRESCO

The Green Box - Surel's Place
Garden City, ID

November - December 2020

WINTER JURIED SHOW

realART
Agoura Hills, CA

October 2020

IDENTITY AND ALLYSHIP IN ART

Flying M Coffee and Inclusive Idaho
Boise, ID

October 2020

SENTIMENTS IN CLAY

Eagle City Hall
Eagle, ID

September 2020

FEATURED ARTIST

The Potter's Center
Garden City, Idaho

March - July 2020

SENTIMENTS IN CLAY

Meridian Library District
Meridian, ID

April - May 2019

NATURAL CONDITIONS

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

Thousand Oaks, CA

Art Department of California Lutheran University's graduating class of 2019 Senior Show. Included artists Quinn Rosenblatt, Donaldo Lopez, Breann Carlucci, Johannah Peterson, Hallie Maxwell and Michelle Handal.

April - May 2019

THINGAMAJIG: A PRINTMAKING AND CERAMICS EXPLORATION

Kwan Fong Gallery
Thousand Oaks, CA
Curated by Donaldo Lopez, Quinn Rosenblatt and Hallie Maxwell.

April - May 2018

THINGAMAJIG: A PRINTMAKING AND CERAMICS EXPLORATION

Kwan Fong Gallery
Thousand Oaks, CA

April - May 2016

COLLECTIVE VOICES: A JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

William Rolland Gallery
Thousand Oaks, CA

 

GRANTS

2021

ALEXA ROSE FOUNDATION

Papermaking supplies to recycle paper cranes from community installation.

 

ARTIST TALKS AND LECTURES

July 2021
April 27, 2020
November 5, 2019
May 10, 2019

ART IN AMERICA'S CONCENTRATION CAMPS

California Lutheran University

University of California Santa Barbara

Art History lecture on art that was made in the America's Concentration Camps (Japanese Internment Camps).

November 5, 2019

JOMON POTTERY

California Lutheran University

May 3, 2019

ARTIST TALK: NATURAL CONDITIONS

William Rolland Gallery
Thousand Oaks, CA

 

PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA

Summer/Fall 2020

LUNCH TICKET

Published in Lunch Ticket's Issue 17: Summer/Fall 2020.

April 24th 2020

IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION 
THE 180: SUREL'S PLACE

Featured on The 180 with Marcia Franklin as part of the Surel's Place Panorama Project.