I create abstract spaces and forms that explore the movements of the cosmos and the mysteries of the mind. Both these dimensions…physical and spiritual…are infused with the same universal life force which expresses itself through an infinite variety of elemental shapes. I try to evoke how these elements move in time and space toward cosmic balance and spiritual harmony. APERCUS are naturally emergent images that are free of any preconceived intention or analytic construct.
My work flows from a creative introspection that evokes images from substrata of the mind that I try to depict directly. Titles, therefore, are merely potential post-facto interpretations of images that often elude description but make connections to thought and experiences. I hope these works might elicit in the viewer some of the feelings that inspired their creation.
I grew up in California as a third generation Japanese American. My non-english speaking grandmother was the household matriarch and a powerful influence on my childhood. After living much of my life in the US and Berlin, I moved to Tokyo. There I felt a resonance with Japanese behavior and aesthetics. I recognized for the first time certain aspects of my personality and art as essentially Asian. I often experience this oscillating cultural duality when I work. Indeed this inner tension may be what drives my efforts to create visual expressions of harmony and balance through the use of multicultural textures and patterns.
I am inspired by and learn from all who cross my path. I love learning and exploring. It is the fuel for my work and the food for my spirit. I have had the opportunity to work in dance, theater and design. The breath of my experiences enables me to give more of myself to my art and others.
Education: University of California, Berkeley, Kunstakademie Berlin; private and class instruction in California, Berlin, Tokyo and New Jersey.
Exhibited in numerous juried shows in the Northeast, galleries in San Francisco and Tokyo; museums in Tokyo.
Private collections in USA, Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.