Approved: 16.08.2006

Misako Okuyama

Art therapist, Artist, Teacher

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts I always like to capture nature's subtle change in drawing and mineral paintings: Nihonga. Meanwhile, I also like to explore my orignal ideas in different art styles and media. In my one of artworks, I represent my identity, ideas and feelings by using mixed media such as mineral pigments, handmade papers and daily objects. I also use Japanese mineral and calligraphy,

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Artist Statement

Concepts I always like to capture nature's subtle change in drawing and mineral paintings: Nihonga. Meanwhile, I also like to explore my orignal ideas in different art styles and media. In my one of artworks, I represent my identity, ideas and feelings by using mixed media such as mineral pigments, handmade papers and daily objects. I also use Japanese mineral and calligraphy, and collage techniques. Three is a lucky number in Japan and the series of three artworks I am producing now. Perhaps because I travelled and lived in several countries, my artwork has begun to explore my own cultural identity using a combination of traditional Japanese and European art forms and skills. My ideas are influenced particularly by my aesthetic experiences in Japan and by Zen philosophy. I try to represent significant meanings simply using limited materials. Influences My ideas are influenced by my aesthetic experiences in everyday life in Japan and by Zen philosophy. The artworks of Zen maters are clear, simple and spiritual. In particular, my philosophy for artworks was influenced by a Zen master, Sesshu, and Japanese painters: Yuki Ogura, Tamako Kataoka and Isson Tanaka who are passionate about their paintings.Career path Through studying theory/history/practice of art and design, specifically Japanese mineral painting and calligraphy at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan, I gained broad knowledge about art and design. I studied Japanese calligraphy with a top calligraphy artist Shinzan Kamijyo. I have progressed my career through working experiences in art education in both formal and informal settings in Japan, and developing my knowledge and art practice in MA in Art Education at Concordia University in Canada. My PhD research was "Identities, Artwork and Art Projects of Culturally Diverse Women Artists in London." My aims for current works and projects are to represent my identity in different art forms: collage, printing and calligraphy, and develop my teaching methods within international context.

CV & Education

Group exhibitions 2007- 'Le Salon des Barnes' a prize for my print work (etching), London, UK. 2005 - Japan, I showed the three series of Snake at the exhibition 'Japan' in response to Euro-Japan year' 05, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, UK 2001 - Nature and Spirit, Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan Workshops 2004 - Art & Craft Workshops (Hat, Bag and Mask making), Fabrike Art & Craft, London, UK.  1997-1998 - Healing and rehabilitation through Art, Design and Craft for mental health adult patients Tokyo Welfare Pension Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.  Educational experience present - Japanese mineral painting and calligraphy, London, UK. 2001 - Myths and Legends. 1996-1998 - Art for people of different different ages (with and without abilities), Creatove Art Executite Committee/Muse Company, Tokyo, Japan.  Publications 2009 - 'Cultural and Artistic Identities, and Informal Education,' Horizons International Art Education, InSEA International Congress, University of Education Heidelberg and University of Education Karlstuhe, Germany. 2001 - 'An Artist Educator's Role in Community Arts: Integrating  People of Diverse Backgrounds and Ages,' Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. References 2009 - my three series of Snake are introduced, 'Contemporary Art Works as Sites for Identity Research' by R. Mason, International Dialog about Visual Culture, Art Education,' UK. 2013 Japanese Calligraphy Work for NEIGE opera, Luxembourg.