Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

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Work1 Title: Voyage I Year: 2014 Materials: acrylic, watercolor, ink on paper mounted on wood Dimensions: H 35.5″ W 47.5″ D 1″

Work2 Title: Voyage II Year: acrylic, watercolor, ink on paper mounted on wood Materials: 2014 Dimensions: H 35.5″ W 47.5″ D 1″

Work3 Title: Kotodama Converse -  front view Year: 2015 Materials: rice paper, ink, mesh wire, fishing line, glue Dimensions: H 10′ W 10′ D 13′

Work4 Title: Kotodama Converse – side view Year: 2015 Materials: rice paper, ink, mesh wire, fishing line, glue Dimensions: H 10′ W 10′ D 13′

Work5 Title: Kotodama Converse – above Year: 2015 Materials: rice paper, ink, mesh wire, fishing line, glue Dimensions: H 10′ W 10′ D 13′


As a child, I learned Japanese calligraphy at school. Together with Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting), Japanese calligraphy has become an activity that immediately connects me to my foundation as an individual and artist. In my current series of work, I use this foundation as a basis for exploring the relationship between written language and visual images in both virtual and physical spaces. For painting, I start by searching for characters that embody a phrase or word expressing a particular theme. I draw the phrase in one layer and add another layer that explores possible nuances of the phrase, which creates a sense of space. I prefer paper as my surface, for the immediacy and finality with which it actively drinks up the ink. Finally, I add other elements that travel through the space, introducing more nuance, supporting the ideas, and making the space more complex or contradictory.
Through researching Japanese calligraphy and Sumi-e, and creating my artwork on paper derived from them, I have become interested in the use of seals in Japanese calligraphy and Sumi-e works. There are various kinds of seals including names and pseudonym, and they all have particular purposes. By borrowing the meaning of the seals, I create a sculptural installation to invite viewer to engage, participate and ultimately be part of the work.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 – Thompson Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC (up-coming)
2017 – Doris Ulmann Galleries, Berea College, Berea, KY (up-coming)
2016- McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA, (up-coming)
2016 – Northcutt Steele Gallery, Montana State University Billings, Billings, MT, (up-coming)
2015- Trace, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH
2015 – Written Unwritten, Cultural Arts Center Gallery, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD
2014- Now, Written Unwritten, CSN Artspace Gallery, College of Southern Nevada, North Las Vegas, NV
2014 – Re:Word Within, The Studios Gallery, Derbyshire, England, UK
2014 – Word Within, FireHouse Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR
2012 – Kotodama, University of Cincinnati Clermont College Art Gallery, Clermont, OH
2011 – Goodship Friendship Kinship, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks, ND

Selected Two – Four person Exhibitions
2014 – inflocks, Shircliff Gallery, Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN
2012 – From Dark into Light, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
2011 – Parkwood Gallery-Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH
2006 – Emersion, Art Institute of Portland Gallery, Portland, OR

Selected Group Exhibitions/Performances
2015 – Art by America: A Review of 2-Dimensional Contemporary Art, The Art House and Arts on Elston, Chicago, IL
2015- Louisiana Biennial, SOD Gallery, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
2015 – The Seventh National Juried Exhibition, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
2014- OVER THE EDGE: PAPERWORKS UNBOUND Part II, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
2014 – ArtGeminiPrize 2014, TriSpace Gallery, London, UK
2014 – ViewPoints, Aljira-a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
2014 – Paint Like You Mean It, IR11 Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

MFA in Painting, 2010, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
BA in Fine Art, 2005, Portland State University (Portland, Oregon)

Place: Moscow ID