I am a Japanese-American artist. I was born with Cerebral Palsy which caused scarring on the left side of my brain. The brain's left hemisphere is known as the logical and intellectual region of the brain, and because it controls the right side of the body, this resulted in weakness in the right side of my body. The right side is the creative, artistic region, and for me, it is the stronger region. Cerebral Palsy did not prevent me from participating in the physically demanding activities of skateboarding and BMX.
During my exposure to this counterculture, I spent a lot of time exploring urban areas and gained an appreciation for non-traditional art. I normally use silkscreen as my primary medium of choice, because of it historical relevance in Asian arts. My artwork is the synthesis of all of my influences, which stem mainly from popular culture, my Japanese heritage, as well as my passion for traditional Asian Arts. My work portrays contemporary Western culture in a traditional Asian aesthetic known as Japonism.
Over the years, my creative processes have changed from traditional to digital printmaking. My use of digital still reflects long-established printmaking by using layers and different textures to achieve an overall wood block appearance.
My work has been shown at numerous galleries throughout the United States and my most recent being the exhibit, "Leave a Message" at Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg,FL. My past shows include Momentum, which was sponsored by VSA & Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and hosted by The Kennedy Center. I was one of fifteen artists whose artwork was featured in this exhibit, it went on to be featured at Volkswagen headquarters. Momentum then went on to tour several states.
So I hope you can join us on Friday, Oct 2, 2015, from 4-9 at DHGT, located at 19 B Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28789, to check out this amazing artist's amazing work.