Location: New York (US)
Through her works, Tamiko Kawata (born in Kobe, Japan, 1936) seeks another vision and another way of thinking about her life in the space between installations, sculptures and murals. For forty years, she has been using unknown everyday objects as media. Discarded materials are important to her because of environmental issues and also as a reflection of her current life. Her choice of materials and her interpretation are influenced by the differences between life in America and Japan, where she grew up.
Kawata often uses repetition and aims to create energy and chaos, in quiet stillness. In Hyperallergic, Seth Rodney wrote, “[Kawata] works with meticulous manipulation of unassuming everyday materials that have entered his new life [in America]. At the same time, his work is a rigorously modernist practice that bridges the gap between the 1960s and today.