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Daytona Beach Happy Waves, 1992
Ormond Beach, Fla.
Akiko Sugiyama was born in Japan and
majored in painting at Joshibi Daigaku in Tokyo. She moved to the United
States in 1974. One day, her husband brought home some onion paper for
her to paint her watercolor on. When Sugiyama used the onion paper for
her painting, she didn't like the way it turned out so she tried to toss
it in the trash can, but missed. As it lay on the floor, the sunshine
caught it and the texture of the paper inspired Sugiyama. Since then,
she has been creating works of art with paper and other materials such
as wire, wax, gold leaves, dried leaves, and whatever else she would
find on the ground that inspired her.
Sugiyama makes a deliberate effort to form multitudes of hand-colored
and hand-cut paper pieces into subtle designs that are meant to convey
the more enduring human aspects of life. Japanese children’s stories and
folk tales, heard in her early years, diffuse in larger works that
reflect personal experiences and views of our contemporary society.
Her work has appeared in various galleries and museums and has received
recognition at major fine craft shows such as the American Craft
Exposition, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the
Smithsonian Craft Show.
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