The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
I am a Japanese-American artist who grew up in constant flux between multiple cultures, time zones, and languages. My drawings are stylistically rooted in the Japanese Manga (comics) I avidly read in my childhood in the US and through my adolescence in Japan. In my practice I am compelled to experiment with a varying vantage points, contexts, and viewing experiences. My "Manga Block" installations incorporate blocks of wood whose many sides function as comic frames. Modular in form, they can be arranged and reconfigured in endless combinations. Each new composition yields its own unique narrative. In “Constellations”, viewers peer through binoculars at a ceiling/wall image whose minute details are indiscernible to the naked eye. Seen through the lenses, a new set of spatial relationships and interpretations is discovered. Most recently, I have been working on drawings on mirrored paper folded into three-dimensional forms. The reflected lines produce spatially complex images that change with the viewer's position.