(American, born 1971)
Gouache and pigment with liquid polymer on birch panel
Courtesy of the artist
Throughout her life, my maternal grandmother Kimiye Ebisu studied
and taught Shodo, the art of Japanese calligraphy. I remember hearing
from my mother about how Kimiye would sit at the kitchen table late
into the night, writing a single Kanji character, then crumpling it up and
repeating this process for hours until the result was to her satisfaction.
This lesson brought an appreciation for the artistic labor involved in
As an undergraduate student at SUNY Binghamton, I studied painting
under Angelo Ippolito, a New York School Abstract Expressionist
painter. Ippolito opened my eyes to abstraction through the simple
explanation that his work was "about paint". It wasn't until I began to
experiment with technology in my practice that I personally began to
explore ideas of abstraction and the importance of gesture.
Working digitally, for me, taps into the subconscious impulse in a
manner similar to the ways in which Surrealists used wordplay and
automatic drawing. I have come to feel that it would be irresponsible
of me as an artist not to embrace the tools of our time, namely, the
computer. Recently my imagery has begun to tread the line between
abstraction and figuration, but I have chosen neither label for my work.
In my opinion, whether a picture is considered figurative or abstract, it
is successful when it remains mysterious.
Last Updated: 10/17/16