Hiromi Okumura
Visual / Performance Artist

Artist Statement


Art makes a better world. I would like to be an artist who can offer viewers a new perspective of life and enrich their lives. I am  proactive in outreaching to the communities as I believe that art is for everybody to experience. I like to create art that has the power to transcend. Art is a celebration of life that evolves around people and the society.  

I am a visual and performance artist, experimenting with the concepts of motion, energy, and space. I started from drawing and painting emphasis and now I am expanding my horizon to multi media and combining my passion for  modern dance. I like to create art that viewers can experience with all the senses. When I work with 2D media, I create art for viewers to virtually participate in my art world. 

Real time interactive performance allows me to invite viewers to move through the enchanted space I create and experience my vision. Using myself as a media, since physicality is the main factor of art making, viewers’ participation energizes and enlightens my art and I am grateful and thrilled about communicating with viewers.

I invite viewers to experience my art at an emotional level as well.  I want viewers to be more than viewers; I like them to be participants in the dance. I would like them to be involved in my painting and I want my art to become part of their lives. As an artist, I love to share  my art with viewers. 

Peace,
2013

 


New Media Art allows me to expand my horizon as a visual and performance artist. In my art making, process of physicality is as important, often more important, as the followed result. Viewers frequently asked me what I was feeling and thinking while painting. “Energy, space and movement” as my theme, it made me a perfect sense when I started to make an installation of layered projection of the movement of colors. Also from a perspective as a dancer, it made an excellent sense to make drawings and paintings using your entire body, because that is how I make my art. And I love viewers to experience my art and share the process of art making.

Hiromi Okumura
2012




As an artist I would like to save the world with my art ... at least a part of it. I would like to change the way people perceive life and experience the world. Painting is my contribution to a world where art and life come together as a holistic journey. I would like my art to lift people's spirits; it should be love songs and cheers to human life.

Painting for me is dancing. Dancers create their fantastic world with bodies and emotions, as painters do with colors, paints and brushes. I paint because painting is physically direct; this is a quality it shares with dance. Physicality is an important factor to me in art making, and I love the direct response of paint. As a painter, I try to let colors sing and vibrate to express energy, movement, and space. Like the dancer, music drives my creative force and helps move my brushes. If you could see me paint, you might think I am dancing -- my feet and my brushes move rhythmically. In fact, I love to dance, and dance, improvisational dance in particular, informs my painting.

Dance is energy and movement through space. Similarly, as a painter, I am very interested in movement in space; my forms come in and out of space as they move throughout the picture plane. Color transitions produce the foreground space and push the deep space away allowing new forms to emerge from it. The dynamics of my design create an interplay between the background and the figures that invites the viewer to enter the space. I think of this dynamic as 'lost and found.' Through the layers of colors and brushstrokes, I pull forward forms and colors. At the same time, I respond with colors and forms according to what has happened on the canvas, just as improvisational dance, responding to others' movements; it is action and reaction.

I want viewers to experience my art at an emotional level.  I want viewers to be more than viewers; I like them to be participants in the dance. I would like them to get into my painting and I want my art to be a part of their lives.

-- Hiromi Okumura
May ,2009


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Teaching

                                           Washington State University, 
                                           2014~present   Instructor, Fine Arts , 
                                           2011~ 2014       Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts,
                                                 
Course taught
                                                             2D Design Concept
                                                             3D Design Concept
                                                             Drawing
                                                             Figure Drawing

                                       2D Foundations Coordinator 2016~           
                                                  Outreach/Visibility Committee,2016~
                                                  Fine Arts, Gallery Committee, 2014 ~  2015






Education on Art

Doshisha University, Kyoto Japan, BL
Iowa State University, Ames,
        MFA, Integrated Visual Art, Art and Design, 2006-2009

University of Washington, UW Extension, Seattle, WA

        Drawing and Painting I Certificate, 2004
        Drawing and Painting II Certificate, 2004-2005

Seattle Academy of Fine Art, Seattle, WA 2003-2005

Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle WA 2003-2005




Awards


Iowa State University, Ames, IA

         Magna Cum Laude, National Scholars Honor Society, January 2009

         Golden Key, International Honor Society, November 2008
         Betty Toman Distinguished Service Award, Kinesiology, May 2009
         Art and Design Graduate Scholarship, April 2008

         Volerie Kohnen Painting Scholarship, April 2008 
         Volerie Kohnen Painting Scholarship, April 2007

         Focus Grant, November 2006
University of Washington, UW Extension, Seattle, WA

         Selected as Teaching Assistant for Figure and Portrait Certificate Program, Fall 2005




2009                                                                                    

 "Emerging Artist," Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA,

 "Iowa Artists 2009," EMC Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA






Exhibitions

2016
Interactive Media Installation, Jefferson Elementary School,
Pullman, WA,
Selected in "The Beauty of Color" Collection, Chashama Gallery, NY
Performance, The Lab, Dublin, Ireland

Performance, Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
WSU Humanitas, World Peace Performance/ communal collaborative drawing, Pullman WA
Nawr Gwyl Festival, Swansea, UK
Acclimatize, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, NO





2015
Black and White, Federal Building, Moscow ID,

Documented Experience; the Video and Performance, Gallery 2,
Washington Sate University,
WA
Laboratory and Window Dressing, Spokane, WA
Endangered Spieces, Pritchard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

ASLE conference exhibit, Reflection Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Selected in "The Art Photography Collection; Ultra-Color Collection" book,
Exposure
, the Ultra-Color Collection, Musee du Louvre, Paris, France, July 13

FAFE: Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Art, Washington State University, WA







2014
The Best of the Best, the Lewiston Center for Art and History, Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, ID, 2014
85 years 85 artists, Menlo College, Atherton, CA, 2014
Permafrost, Spring Issue, University of Alaska, AK, 2014
The Ecology of Desire/A Creative Current, 3rd Street Gallery, Moscow City Hall, Moscow, ID, 2014
Re-Interpreting Reality, CUB Gallery, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2014
Video Projection,
laboratoryspokane, Spokane, WA, 2014
Art for Art's Sake, Ink to Media, Spokane, WA, 2014
Interactive Media Installation, Jefferson Elementary School, Pullman, WA, 2014

Clark College Student Video Festival, Kiggins Theater, Clark College, Vancouver, WA, 2014
Endangered Species; Indy Convergence, Wheeler Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
Sound Installation, KRFP.org, Progressive Community Radio, Moscow, ID, 2014
Billboard Takeover! Times Square, NY, NY, 2014
Songs of Whales;Endangered Species, CUB Gallery, Washington State University,WA, 2014
Endangered Species, Federal Building, Moscow, ID, 2014

 






2013
lacda,Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Snap to Grid, CA, Jan, 2013

"Reinterpreting Reality for Women's Resource Center", CUB Gallery, Washington State University, WA, Feb, 2013
"Reuse Aloud", Sound Mix project, Basic FM, England, UK, Mar, 2013 
Interactive Media Installation & Exhibition, Gelhorn Gallery, Interplayers Theater,  Spokane, WA, Apr. 2013
Interactive
Sound Installation, Performance & Exhibition, Dahmen Barn, Uniontown, WA, Apr, 2013
Interactive Media Installation, Jefferson Elementary School, Pullman, WA, Apr, 2013
"Independent Film Festival", Washington State University, WA, Apr, 2013
Blackwell Gallery, Coeur D' Alene, ID, May ~, 2013
"Screens", Dublin, Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, Ireland, July, 2013
Electro Acoustic Mutimedia Performance, with Jenn Kirby, Dublin, Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, Ireland, July, 2013
"The Story of the Creative", Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art,
New York, NY, July ~ September, 2013
 
FAFE: Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Art,
Washington State University, Aug ~ Sep, 2013
"An Exploration of the Multi-Facets of Nature", Bank Left Gallery, Palouse, WA,
Sep ~ Oct. 2013
"Collision" Multimedia Installation/ Performance, CoCA, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA, Sep.  2013
"CreativesRising" Long Island City, NY, Oct. 2013
ArtsCrush; "Ear, Noise and Throat", Performance, Atrium, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA, Oct. 2013
Compton Union Building
, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Oct 2013 ~ 2014
Curator’s Club w/Fractal: Perpetual Motion, Dublin, Ireland, Nov, 7 ,2013
Snap to Grid, LACDA Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, CA, Dec, 2013
SCOPE Art Fair, Miami, FL, Dec, 2013



                                                                                     

                                                                                        2012
                                                                                      "NCECA Exhibition ",
Design Center,
Performance, Seattle, WA, Mar. 2012 
                                                                                "Water Changing the Flow", Women in Iles, Group Show, Dublin. Ireland, Mar. 2012
                                                                                Interactive Media Installation,Jefferson Elementary School, Pullman, WA, Apr, 2013

                                                                                      Napkin project, 'Kitchen Gallery' Park National Bank Art Gallery, Bativa, OH, May 2012
                                                                                      
Clearly The Glass Project, with Matthew Coley, Valerie Williams, Kirkland Hotel, Des   
                                                                                         Moines, IA, Sep, 2012

                                                                                “Cleary The Glass Project, with Matthew Coley, Valerie Williams, Artstop 2012,
                                                                                        
Des Moines, IA, Sep, 2012
                                                                                      “CEREO,
Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach”
                                                                                       Washington State University, Pullman WA, Oct, 2012  
                                                                               
      "Motion" on line exhibition, Linus Art Gallery, CA, 2012
                                                                                       "8.5 Show", Gallery 3, Washington State University, Pullman WA, Oct. 2012 
                                                                                "ASU Show", Gallery 3, Washington State University, Pullman WA, Nov. 2012
                                                                                       Interactive Media Performance with John Streamas , Fine Arts, 
                                                                                       Washington State University,
Pullman WA, Nov. 2012
                                                                                       Wawawai Canyon Gallery, Pullman, WA, Dec. 2012





                                                                                   
                                                                                      2011
                                                                               "BYOB", Media Installation,  Moxie Studio, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin,                                                                                         Ireland, Feb 27,2011
                                                                               "Woman Factor: ArtWave", La Catedral, Dublin, Ireland, March 4 ~ 6, 2011
                                                                                     "Japan Tsunami Appeal" Performance& Media Installation, Centre for Creative 
                                                                                      Practices, Dublin,  Ireland, April 3,2011  

                                                                                      Stomping Grounds, Ames, Iowa, April ~ May, 2011
                                                                                      "Japan Tsunami Appeal", Twisted Peppers, Dublin, Ireland, May 7, 2011
                                                                                      "Japan Tsunami Appeal", Performance, Knox Hall, Monkstown, Ireland, June, 2011
                                                                                      "Napkin Project", Gallery 2, Washington State University, Pullman WA, Sep. 2011
                                                                                      "Day of the Dead", Performance, Gallery 3, Washington State University, Pullman, WA,
                                                                                       Nov.   2011
                                                                                      "Clearly" -The Glass Project, with Matthew Coley and Valerie Williams,

                                                                                        Brunnier Museum, Iowa State University, Ames IA Dec. 2011
                                                                                          
                                                                                 
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
 


                                                                                     
                                                                                      2010
                                                                                      Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA, April 22-June 26, 2010
                                                                                      LACDA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA, November 2010  



                                                                                      2009
                                                                                      Fisher Theater, Iowa State University, for Bajche Modern Dance Concert, February 2009
                                                                                      Ames Progressive, Ames, Iowa, March 14-April 15, 2009
                                                                                      "Artist Showcase", Christian Peterson Museum, Iowa State University, April 23, 2009
                                                                                      "Thesis Show", Gallery 181, Design College, Iowa State University, May 2009
                                                                                      Public Collection,Trinity Towers, IA, 2009

                                                                                      Performance,  Asian Heritage Festival, Des Moines, IA, May 16, 2009
                                                                                      "Emerging Artist", Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA, June 26-28, 2009
                                                                                      "Generation Rescue" Des Moines, IA, August-September 2009





                                                                                      2008
                                                                                      Fisher Theater, Iowa State University, for Bajche Modern Dance Concert, February 2008
                                                                                      Conference Hall Gallery, Iowa State University, Perry, IA, February 2008  

                                                                                     




                                                                                      2007
  
                                                                                      Fisher Theater, Iowa State University, for Bajche Modern Dance Concert, February 2007

                                                                                      "Focus Grant Show", Memorial Union, Iowa State University, March 23-April 24, 2007 
                                                                                      Business College, Iowa State University, November 2007

                                                                                      Dance Scholarship Concert, Forker Building, Iowa State University, December 2007





                                                                                      2006
                                                                                      Stomping Grounds, Ames, IA, September-November 2006 




                                                                                      2005
                                                                                     "Artists for Breast Cancer",Group show, Art/Not Terminal, Seattle, WA, December 2005




Residency



                                                                                      2014   
                                                                                      Indy Convergence, Indianapolis, IN
                                                                                      Centrum, Port Townsent, WA 




Publications

                          
                                                          

                                                                                     2009
                                                                                    
"State of Being ~Perpetual Motion~ beauty spreading like water", ProQuest/UMI




Recognitions
                                                                                   
                                                                                  2016
                                                                                  The Daily Evergreen, Rebecca White, Washington State University,WA 

          
                                                                                  
                                                                                   2015
                                                                                   Black and Whilte,Catalog, PWA, ID
                                                                                   Selected in a book:The Art Photography Collection; Ultra-Color Collection,
                                                                                   The Daily Evergreen, Addy Forte, Washington State University,WA 
        

                                                      



                                                                                    2014
                                                                                    The Ecology of Desire/A Creative Current, Catalog, PWA, ID
                                                                                    Permafrost, Spring Issue, University of Alaska, AK

                                                                                    85 Years 85 Artists, Catalog,  Menlo College, Atherton, CA
                                                                                    The Daily Evergreen, Addy Forte, Washington State University,WA
                                                                                  


                                                                                     2013    
                                                                                     Live Review I The Curator's Club- Odessa, the JOURNALIST,Dublin, Ireland

                                                                                     CoCA Collision, Catalog, Seattle, WA
                                                                                     Street Art, Culture, Inlander, Spokane, WA
                                                                                    
                                                                                    

                                                                                     2012
   
                                                                                    ‘Cambodian Water Wells’ Women in Iles, Water Changing the Flow, Ireland

                                                                                     Selected “Top 10” Photo for ‘Cambodian Water Wells’ Project, Ireland
                                                                                    


                                                                                    

                                                                                     2009
     
                                                                                    "Emerging Artist," Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA,

                                                                                    "Iowa Artists 2009," EMC Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA,

                                                                                   
                                                                                    
                                                                                    


                                                                                     2008
     
                                                                                     MFA Now, International Painting Competition Exhibition Catalogue





Related Activities
                                                                                                    
                                                                                    2016
                                                                                    Comix Jam, Northwest Alternative Comics, Rico's,Pullman, WA
                                                                                    WSU Humanitas, Galley 3, Pullman WA
                                                                                    Daily Evergreen/ Figure drawing




                                                                                    
                                                                                   
2015
                                                                                    Fundraising, The Indy Convergence, Indianapolis, IN
                                                                                    'Sudiksha' bharata natyam, Jones Theater, Daggy Hall,
                                                                                    Washington State University, Pullman, WA
                                                                                    Selected in The Art Photography Collection; Ultra-Color Collection,
                                                                                    Exposure
, the Ultra-Color Collection, Shown one night at Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
                                                                                                      Call Me – recycled Telephones, Alternative to Violence Fundraising, Moscow, ID
                                                                                    Replies to Wounds, Maarhuis, Patricia,  Performance with Patricia, Gallery 3, Washington                                                                                                      State University, WA
                                                                                   Washington State University, Fine Arts, Gallery Committee


                                                                                 

                                                                            2014
                                                                                    Fundraising, The Indy Convergence, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
                                                                                    Interview, KRFP.org, Progressive Community Radio, Moscow ID,2014
                                                                                    Washington State University Museum Fundraising, WA, July 2014                                                                                                                                            
Pullman Store Front Project, WA, Nov, 2014
                                                                                    Washington State University, Fine Arts, Gallery Committee
                                                            

                                                                                   
                                                                             2013
                                                                                     Story Time, Co'Motion Dance Theater, Ames City Hall, IA, Nov, 2013
                                                                                     The Fourth Dimension, CUB Gallery, Washington State University Nov.2013
                                                                                     Washington State University CUB Arts Committee member, Washington State University,
 
                                                                                   WA, Oct 2013~ May 2014
                                                                                     Washington State University Museum Fundraising, WA, July 2013

                                                                                     Interview, Dublin Community TV, Dublin, Ireland, July, 2013
                                                                                     Interview, KRFP.org, Progressive Community Radio, Moscow ID, February, 2013
                                                                                    

                                                                                     2012
                                                                                     Washington State University CUB Arts Committee member, Washington State University,
                                                                                     WA, Oct 2012~ May 2013
                                                                                     Washington State University Museum Fundraising, WA, July 2012
                                                                                     Camp Erin, The Moyer Foundation and Willow Center for Grieving Children, Volunteer, WA                                                                                                      July 2012

                                                                                     Pullman ArtWalk, WA, July 2012
                                                                                     Okoboji Art Center, Fundraising, Okoboji, IA, June, 2012
                                                                                     Global Art Project for Peace, All over the World, Apr. 2012
                                                                                     Art Fundraising, University of Idaho, Poetry Magazine, Moscow, ID, Mar. 2012,
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
                                                                                     2011
                                                                                     "Japan Tsunami Appeal", Mural and Sign painting, Koishi, Dublin Ireland, 2011
                                                                                     "Art Drive Japan, Japan Tsunami Appeal", Seattle, WA,  2011
                                                                                     ISPCC (The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children),
Dublin, Ireland Jul.
                                                                                     2011
                                                                                     "Ceol for Japan", Button factory, Dublin, Ireland, Jun. 2011
                                                                                    
   

                                                                                     2009 ~ 2004
                                                                                     Fringe Festival, Theater Extra Actor, Useful Play, Project Art Center, Dublin, Ireland, Sep.
                                                                                     2009
                                                                                     Public Art Project Volunteer, with Patrick Dougherty, Ada Hayden, Ames, IA, Sep. - Oct.
                                                                                     2008
                                                                                    
Art for Rwanda, IA, 2006
                                                                                     Studio Assistant at Kathleen Morris Studio, Seattle, WA, 2004-2005
                                                                                     Volunteer Worker at Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2004-2005
                                                                                     Organized student exhibition, Certificate Program at University of Washington, Seattle,  
                                                                                     WA, 2004-2005    





Collaboration


 
                                                                                     2013, Danielle Eastman, Pullman, WA
                                                                                     2012~, John Streamus, Pullman, WA
                                                                                     2010~, Jenn Kirby, Dublin, Ireland
                                                                                     2009,   Matthew Coley, Ames, IA
                                                                                     2006~, Valerie Williams
, Ames, IA
                                                                                   
 




Collection



                                                                    Private and Corporate collections in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Ireland, France,                                                                                                                   Greece, US(Iowa: Ames, Des Moines, Perry, Okoboji: California; Santa Barbara,New                                                                                                               Mexico; Chicago, Washington; Seattle, Pullman, Idaho; Coeur D' Alene). 
                                                                                       
                                                                                      Trinity Towers

                                                                                      Iowa State University                                                                
     












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