Taiko lives and works in Denver, CO. She was born and raised in Nagano, Japan and was originally trained as a nurse. Today, she works primarily in printmaking and, more recently, site-specific installation art. Her work has been exhibited in Colorado (most recently a solo show at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art), Texas and New Mexico, as well as at numerous print fairs throughout the U.S. Her work is in private and public collections in the U.S. and Japan, include the Cleveland Clinic Art Program, University of Colorado Denver Business school, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NY) and the Denver Art Museum (Education Collection).
Printmaking is my primary professional art medium where I am driven to develop my own vocabulary. I am drawn, in particular, to its unpredictability. I compose my work instinctively, combining shapes, colors, lines, and textures in order to express my imagination and react to the environment around me. The process is, therefore, both deliberate and iterative. I am constantly improvising with no fixed destination in my mind. As I work, the evolution of the work stretches the starting point - it is the open nature of the process that is constantly creating new possibilities. In addition to printmaking, I am interested in three dimensional work. Here, I am particularly drawn to site specific installation art that is, by definition, inspired by the space and immediate surroundings. I am fascinated by the dynamism of 3D art that allows for a more intimate interaction with those who come to view the work. Also, I love the transient nature of installations, which last for the length of a show and are then dismantled. When (and if) they are assembled again, the pieces always come together to create something new that is, in turn, inspired by its own particular space. (2020, February)