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).
My new work at SPACE, "New Dimensions," presents my latest work heavily inspired by recent life experiences. There are two site-specific installations and a series of new prints. For the installations, I use two different materials (Tyvek and organza), both of which are manipulated by hand. The combination captures my own lived values - dominated by tension, a limited color palette, and a dynamic rhythm. They also reflect my fascination with the power of repetition and the accumulation of time. The prints are, similarly, the emotional response to my day-to-day experiences and embody my internal dialogue as a Japanese artist living here in the U.S. ("New Dimensions" at the show "Materialis" at SPACE Galley. April, 2019)