Born and raised in Nagano, Japan and originally trained as nurse, Taiko lives and works in Denver, CO. Since taking her first art class at the Art Students League of Denver, Taiko has focused on printmaking; more recently exploring other media, installation, sculpture to express her inner vision. Taiko’s work has been exhibited in Colorado (including solo exhibitions at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver Botanic Gardens) and other states, as well as numerous print fairs throughout the U.S. Her work is in private and public collections in the U.S. and Japan, including the Cleveland Clinic Art Program, University of Colorado Denver Business school, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NY) and the Denver Art Museum (Education Collection).
In my art, I am intrigued by the idea of a single mark or form that can be built into something whole. As I work, I can expand the visual space, alter the narrative, and produce something transformative. I am particularly interested in installation work that can define a specific, confined space.
I often seek to combine non-traditional tool, materials, and methods. For example, I might use a sewing wheel as a drawing tool, working with found objects for materials, or scorching the surface of Tyvek as a method.
I intuitively and instinctively assemble, layer, and connect in order to add and subtract the materials. My goal is to push the boundaries of the medium; and I am drawn to processes that are often time-consuming and intensely physical. I find the repetition by hand compelling, primarily because I can sense the material’s response directly, which makes the interaction more personal and meaningful.
Recently, I have been featuring discarded objects in my work. These materials with an uncertain home speak to me as a first-generation immigrant here in the US. In this way, I use my art to understand myself and my surroundings.
Ultimately, I am curious. It is my desire for my art to go where my impulse takes me.