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Seiko Tachibana


SEIKO TACHIBANA was born in Japan and completed her Masters of Art Education at Kobe University, Japan. She received an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and has since received many awards including Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award. She has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her distinctive work balances Asian tradition with minimalist modernity. Tachibana’s work has shown internationally also can be found in the Los Angeles County Museum, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco the Legion of the Honor, Portland Art Museum as well as a number of other museums, institutes and individual collections throughout USA, Europe and Japan.

Artist Statement

The concept that many small pieces come together to make up a larger whole has been a central theme in my artwork. In previously completed series, I have created works in which elements functioned like organic building blocks: atoms form a molecule, molecules form a compound, compounds form a cell, cells form an organism, and so on. The marks, lines, shapes, colors, and textures that are the basic language of my work form a kind of network structure, a system of interconnected nodes that seem energized by their interaction within the network. In the interdependence, the synergy, and the flow of meaning and significance within these networks, there is subtle and profound beauty.

Many great minds have been captivated by the concept of a single unifying principle that governs the all that is our universe, a principle in which all things are connected by a universal truth. What we can imagine we can express through art, and what is art if not a means to realize, communicate, and share what we imagine, what we experience, and what we hope. We are each part of the grand network, and art connects us.

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Print of microscopic image of atoms