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Meet Miki Iwasaki

Today we’d like to introduce you to Miki Iwasaki.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I always loved art and building projects as a child, I was a product of immigrant parents moving around internationally in my early childhood but was mostly raised in Southern California. I studied architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and then after working in LA for a few years, ventured to the East coast for graduate studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design. New York was home for several years before I settled back in Southern California. I continue to work in the field of architecture on occasion, but my major focus recently has been on public art sculpture and installation projects. I think I was meant to work on a range of projects and scales. I can’t see myself working specifically on one project type or medium for too long.

Please tell us about your art.
Like many artists, the work is constantly evolving. I think the diversity of the projects and of course the life influences and contextual factors continue to allow for new ideas and influences to infiltrate the work… However, if I were to attempt to describe the work overall, I would say I have a continued interested in built objects and environments. I tend to be attracted to creating things that have a visceral connection to the viewer and hope that there is a physical, emotional and intellectual response that relates to issues beyond the work itself. Compositionally there is a desire to keep things simplistic while expressing complex ideas. I am attracted to patterns and ordering systems and enjoy the process of making and learning what subtle sensory experiences physical materials are capable of communicating.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Money is a difficult thing regardless of what you do and when I was younger I definitely struggled to make things work more than I do now but that struggle never ends. The thing that experience teaches you is to be creative and keep your mind and eyes open for ways to find opportunities in everything you do. Whether its visiting museums on the free admission days, finding art materials in the trash or spending some spare time chipping away at projects, try not to lose focus on your development as an artist.

If there are ways to efficiently combine necessity with art interests it can keep you going. Aligning a day job or a moonlighting gig working with an arts organization that you are excited about or planning a family vacation to incorporate studio and museum visits, can also keep the creative juices flowing!

But most importantly don’t stop making things!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Most of my projects have been in San Diego and Southern California but I have had a few projects in Colorado now and I continue to pursue opportunities nationwide and hopefully internationally someday! I have been working on a few studio pieces recently in an attempt to challenge myself with a different scale and somewhat context-less parameters. Hopefully, I will have another gallery show someday soon.

People can always support my work by giving me a “high-five” when they see me… or commissioning me for a project of any scale. But most importantly, people can support me (and others) by advocating for the arts in all areas of their lives.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2948 Main Street San Diego CA 92113
  • Website: mikiiwasaki.com
  • Phone: 619.203.5681
  • Email: miki@mikiiwasaki.com
  • Instagram: miki_iwasaki

Image Credit:
Anne Garrison, Charles Bergquist

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1 Comment

  1. nana j

    July 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    great article !!
    love you!!

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