Tamiko Kawata 

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I was born and educated in Tokyo, Japan. I moved to New York City in my young adult age that I know Japanese life and I am getting to know the American life. I am often comparing the two cultures unconsciously.

Through my artwork, I am searching for another vision and another way of thinking for my life in the expressive space between installation works, sculptures and wall works. I like to use overlooked indigenous objects from our daily life as my media. Discarded materials are important to me not only for environmental issues but also to reflect my current life. My choice of materials and interpretation are influenced by the differences that I experience between life in America and in Japan, where I grew up.

Bauhaus and Dadaism – these philosophies were perfect to affect the wounded youth in post-World War II Japan and I was not an exception. I grew up learning from and observing them in my formative years in Japan. My sculptural education was very academic but these philosophies became a solid core for my way of thinking and for my art-making direction.

My works are personal; I work in large and small scales in belief of their potential for intimacy. They are my visual diaries.