About

Satomi Sugimoto is a Japanese woman who loves to create stuff. Sugimoto was born in Fukuoka, Japan and lives and works in Tokyo. She studied fine art at National Academy of Design School of Fine Art, New York, USA. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts, New York.

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Artist Statement

I have always been attracted to forms and lines since I was a child. Everything in the world has those fundamental elements and I see the undeniable beauty through them, regardless of whether it's natural or artificial.

I feel my art-making is a spiritual process; a search for the essence of objects and a process of purification where a single element is explored, honed and expressed, using a rich range of humble materials such as paint, ink, enamel, plastic and clay, or whatever material best expresses the idea I seek out.

I combine my sculptures with very sensitive use of painting to express the richness and complexity of natural forms. I see motifs of life reflected in my work including organic forms, elemental forces, body parts of humans, insects and animals.

In the process of art-making, I lose my sense of self and turn into a receptacle/cipher that borrows and expresses the beauty of the world. These are the moments when I realize that I am also one of those simple objects existing in this universe, which also allows me to be not just the observer, but also a part of what's being observed. That is how I connect myself with the world and it keeps me creating my work.


Education

2007   BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2002   National Academy of Design, School of Fine Art, New York, NY


Solo Exhibitions

2013   "Satomi Sugimoto", The Library, Singapore
2007   School of Visual Arts Sculpture Studio Window Exhibition, New York, NY


Group Exhibitions

2015   "Beautiful things come in small packages" (online), popt.com
2014   "Boreality: Art Honoring Nature" (online), popt.com
2014   "Dancers in Motion" (online), popt.com
2012   NURTUREart Benefit, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY
2008   "A Small Glimpse", Redtree Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2002   The National Academy of Design Academy Show, Cork Gallery, New York, NY


Artist Residencies

2013   3-Month Artist Residency, The Library, Singapore


Projects + Commissions

2011   Stained glass window design for a private house, Singapore


Publications

2015   The State of Art, Series 2. SCULPTURE & 3D #2, Bare Hill Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-909825-13-0, Jun 1, 2015
2013   "Japanese Sculptor Satomi Sugimoto is Inspired by Nature", BLOUIN ARTINFO, February 13, 2013


Gallery Representation

2015 - Current  The Artling, Singapore