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House of Harmony, 2001
Akiko Sugiyama majored in painting at Joshibi Daigaku in Tokyo. She
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.
Sugiyama’s 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.
“The House of Harmony is rice paper, gold leaf over rice paper, and
vellum paper with watercolors and twigs. The art can be viewed as
representations of houses. In our society, the warmth and security of
the family at home often needs the protection of our judicial system. I
prefer not to explain a work. The work is the statement.” – Akiko
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