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Artist Statement




I am obsessively fascinated with color, texture, textile design, and form, although most of the images and inspiration I find for art are drawn from my childhood background.


I grew up in the Japanese countryside, near the edge of a pond thriving in bio-diversity. I would spend long summer days collecting all manner of insects, leaves and stones to escape my isolation.

After attending Art and Design University in Kyoto, I moved to New York City, in 2001, and was strongly influenced by the urban experience; how metropolitan living tends toward disconnection and results in an existence bereft of intimacy.


Through the making of art, I engage this disconnection: from the community of humankind, and from the natural world.

Working on paper allows me to create different layers of acrylic paint, ink, graphite and oil-pastel; in the overlay of various surfaces and visual effects resulting from this process, I can suggest the passage of time and recollection of memory.