Seeing Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie Woogie", and Kasimir Malevich's Supremacist compositions at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC was an awe inspiring experience for me.
That experience is still at the core of what I am making today.
I am an American of Japanese descent. I was born in Seattle, however I spent my formative years in Japan. I received my B.F.A. at the University of Washington, in painting, and went on to get my M.F.A. degree at University of Pennsylvania, in painting.
High modernism has been influencing my art making practice. I have long been fascinated, re-creating my own compositions, making installations, wall paintings and honing my craft. In the last 2 years, I needed to bring my art making out of the studio and into the living room, literally, in order to care to my son. Also, I really wanted to look at "Broadway Boogie Woogie" on my wall. So I decided to replicate my favorite work by knitting it. I have been exploring the possibilities and relationships of knitting and abstract art thereafter.
I believe that my deep admiration of Western culture and my desire to be assimilated has driven my fascination with this subject. By paying homage to these works with the process of knitting, I'm discovering my own connections to the work. I want the knitted pieces to translate the feeling of warmth, and care.