ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a Japanese-born New York-based Multidisciplinary Artist.

I use the concept of Japanese homophones and the latest technology in digital art as a medium to devise visual sculptures and a site-specific interactive light installation for the public to interact with and share moments of discovery.

In Japanese, we use Chinese characters with different meanings but the same pronunciation. I use these homophones to reveal latent meanings, arbitrate structural rules, conceptualize installations, and use technology to guide the public to perceive this hidden meaning.

In my ongoing projects, SEI, EN, MI, and GO, I examine the relationship between minimalistic structure and human connection, creating an experiential environment for an audience to interact with and enact these ideas. My goal is to connect two worlds: the invisible and the visible, or the concept and the physical installation through interactive technology.

Inspiration for these pieces comes from my experiences living in and oscillating between opposite worlds: East and West, Within this duality, I have perceived the divergences and resonances amidst the non-physical and the physical, the invisible and the visible, between the latest technology and minimalism, amidst Japanese philosophy, Zen, Taoism, Symbolism, visual content, light design, experimental sound, and between the world of old history, and high tech society, a juxtaposition where I grew up.


BIO

She received her BFA at the School of Visual Arts and her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. As an educator, she is the founder of a Projection and LED Pixel Mapping Workshop, Mappathon™, teaching mapping techniques and technology, from conceptualizing to finalizing the installation and artist development through her practice.

Since 2017, She has been a Paseo festival advisory council and a Designers-in-Resident at New York Hall of Science in 2020 - 2022. She was a Visible Future Lab resident at the School of Visual Arts in 2019, New Media resident at Mana Contemporary in 2018, Harvestworks workspace resident, Elsewhere artist resident in 2017, Bronx Museum AIM program, Laboratory resident, BRIC Media arts fellow, Triangle workshop resident in 2016, Made in NY Media Center by IFP resident in 2015, Eyebeam Spring Summer resident in 2013, IAC teaching and research fellow and ITP research resident in 2012 and Experimental TV Center resident in 2009.

Her work has been shown in the US as well as in numerous international venues and festivals. Some sites include American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art and Design, New York Hall of Science, Bronx Museum, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Hammer Museum ( San Francisco ), San Francisco Art Institute ( San Francisco ), Centre d ’Art Contempo Rain ( Geneva ), Museo Regional de Guadalajara ( Mexico ), Matador Madrid ( Madrid ), International Biennial Contemporary Art ULA-2 ( Venezuela ), Mapping Festival ( Geneva ), Mutek ( Montreal ), Dumbo Art Festival, World of Light ( Los Angeles ), and Arcadia Earth, amongst others.




EDUCATION

MPS    ITP, New York University NY, USA
BFA    School of Visual Arts NY, USA


RESIDENCIES

2020 - 22 NYSCI Designers-in-Residency, NY, USA
2019    VFL Residency, NY, USA
2018    Mana Contemporary, NJ, USA
2017    Hervestworks Workspace Residency, NY, USA
             Elsewhere Artist Residency, NY, USA
2016    The Bronx Museum AIM Program Residency, NY, USA
             Laboratory Residency, WA, USA
             Triangle Workshop Residency, NY, USA
2015    Made in NY Media Center by IFP Residency, NY, USA
2013    Eyebeam Spring Summer Residency, NY, USA
2009   Experimental TV Center Residency, NY, USA   


FELLOWSHIPS

2016    BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, NY, USA
2012    IAC Teaching and Research Fellowship, NY, USA
             ITP, New York University Fellowship, NY, USA 


AWARDS

1994    Rhodes Family Award, School of Visual Arts, NY, USA     


RESEARCH

2016    Metropolitan Museum Media Lab Researcher, NY, USA


GRANT & FUND

2021    City Artist Corps Grants, NY, USA
2015    New Mexico Art Fund, NM, USA
2014    The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, NY, USA
2013    Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, NY, US
              NYSCA Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds, NY, USA


VISITING ARTIST

2017    Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, CL 
2016    Ramapo College of New Jersey, NJ, US  
2015    University of North Texas, TX, USA



ARTIST TALK

2021    NowHere Galley, NY, USA
             Projection Mapping Association of Japan, TKO. JP
             New York Hall of Science, NY, USA
             Governors Island, New York, NY
2020    Potion Design, NY, USA
2019    Parsons School of Design, NY, USA
2017    Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
             Hervestworks NY, USA
             PMAJ TOKYO. JP
             Ramapo Collage, NJ, USA
2016    Carrot Creative, NY, USA
             Campus Party, Guadalajara, MX
             Spokane WAM, WA, USA
             FIMA, Morelia, MX   
2015    PMJA, TKO, JP
             Pecha Kucha Taos, NM, USA
2014    Zuyd University, NY, USA
             Huge NY, USA
             Japan Foundation, NY, USA
2013    ITP, NYU NY, USA NYU Gallatin School, NY, USA
             NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, NY, USA
             Mappi Festival, Museo de la ciudad, Quito, EC
2012    The Very First Year: Pecha kucha, Eyebeam NY, USA
2010    ESI Design, NY, USA
             Apple Store, TOKYO, JP
             Wiki-Sprint Mapping Festival, Geneva, CH

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