Naoko Morisawa

Wood is an important component in my art. The life of a tree and the energy in each grain of wood are why I use wood. My artwork is hand-made of thousands of very small slices of oil-dyed (wood) chips on board. I like to incorporate the patterns in the wood and enhance them with oil-stain. The variety of wood grain is very beautiful and the pattern is never the same. The combinations of natural and oil-stained grains create interesting shadows and impressions. My imagery comes from common items: a cupcake, shoes, a wave, and waterfalls etc.

When seen from a distance, my artwork looks like a painting. The details of the work and mosaic technique slowly emerge when viewer comes closer. Look closely and see the vibrancy and movements of the wood patterns. By using wood mosaic I can show the life and energy. I can talk about life and the energetic atoms inside the shoes, wave or waterfalls with my tiny wood slices. I make art that is natural, playful and lifts people’s spirits. But I also want my artwork to be about myself, like a diary. Each piece is created with the care one would use writing a letter to a loved one or friend.Bright, fun, and unusual subjects attract and inspire me to work in new directions. Mysterious creatures/objects such magic mushroom and jellyfish, gravity, Illusions and Waves are recurring themes in my work. My work featured in Studio Visit magazine Vol. 19/20,28 and coming this year 2015 Summer (July) Vol.29 or 30, and several other international publications published in Tokyo, Lond on, Dublin, Athene- Greece and NY.

I have exhibited my art locally at Seattle City Municipal Tower Gallery, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, CVG Show, Northwind Art Center Gallery (where I got Best of the Show, Special Award, Merit Award, and People’s Choice Award), Nordstrom Corporate Gallery, Edmonds Public Library, Edmonds Art Festival, Lynnwood Convention Center, Linwood Public Library, Shoreline City Hall, Axis Hotel, Alexis Pioneer, Twilight Gallery in South Seattle, Tashiro Kaplan Building, Sammamish City Hall, Chase Gallery in Spoken, Whatcom Museum, WingLuke Musueum, White River Valley Museum, Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, ArtXchange Gallery, Kate Alkarni Gallery, COCA etc. And beyond the WA state, I have exhibited at FCA Gallery Vancouver-BC Canada, The Contemporary Museums and Galleries in Ginza, Aoyama, Kobe, Kawasaki, Yokohama and Tokyo Japan, and Dublin Biennnial International 2014 Gallery in Ireland. I also participated in juried shows in KS, ND, CA, NY, NJ, MA, OR, FL, NV in USA.

I have awarded for Puffin Foundation Artist Grant twice and finalist for 2014 Kalos Foundation Visual Art Prize, and the Art Kudos annual International Juried Competitions. I have received an Honorable Mention Award from London International Creative Competition.