I am an artist and educator from San Diego, California and have been making furniture/art since 1970. My work is often inspired by extended residencies and visits to various countries such as France, England, Japan, Korea and China.
In the past 15 years my work has taken on stylistic influences from Asia. Born in La Junta, Colorado, to second-generation Japanese American parents, I made several pilgrimages to the land of my heritage, Japan. At times reverent of Japans craft history and advanced technology, and appalled by Japans self-indulgent, materialistic and almost faceless and patriarchal society, I vacillate between creating works that both emulate and satirize contemporary Japan.
My newest work, "Executive Order 9066" is hitting closer to home - the work is influenced by personal and family history and addresses the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. This event dramatically changed the Japanese American psyche and is to this day is still a vague segment of history to most Americans.