Misa is an artist printmaker working in south London. She was born and brought up on the outskirts of Tokyo, but has lived in the UK for more than half of her life.
She produces intricate images by cutting, layering and overprinting multiple individual monotype prints. The starting point is always her relationship with nature, one that was forged in Japan where the natural world is woven into the fabric of daily life. Instead of Us and Nature there is a real day-to-day sense of Us as Nature.
Misa’s works are visual Haiku poems that celebrate the elusiveness and transiency of nature; their simplicity belying the complexities involved in their craft and production. They play with the juxtaposition within nature of apparent amorphous randomness and the underlying systems, patterns and rules. The inherent contrasts between randomness and regularities, fluidity and rigidness intrigue her.
Her aim is to capture her immediate response to what she observes. At the initial stage of each series, she accumulates sketches of shapes and colours as well as creating many monotype prints. For Misa, Printmaking is not just a process to produce a final image but a way to cultivate her work. She relies on the Printmaking process to facilitate a sense of spontaneity and happy accidents before forming the final images by cutting, rearranging and layering the monotype prints.
Misa has predominantly created smaller scale works in series, however, recently she started developing works at a larger scale in order to achieve a more immersive effect. She is interested in creating murals as well as exploring possibilities of producing installations with sculptural forms.
MA in Printmaking,Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London
UAL level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design,Citylit (awarded by UAL)
July 2018 2 weeks residency at OFFICINA STAMPERIA DEL NOTAIO in Sicily
Jan 2019. The Structure of Things, Bearspace, London
Sept 2018 National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
Aug 2018 Japan Exhibition, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, West Yorkshire
Jun 2018 Concatenate, RK Burt Gallery, London
Oct 2017 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London
Oct 2017 Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition, Japan
July 2016 to May 2017 Small Print International, touring exhibition in England
Feb 2016 New Home, Mile End Art Pavilion, London
May 2014 Bainbridge Open, Embassy Gallery, London
Dec 2013 Without Boundaries, Menier Gallery, London
May 2013 Proof, Brixton East Gallery
Jan 2013 Dis/Play II, Camberwell College of Arts
Nov 2012 Dis/Play, Camberwell College of Arts
Sep 2012 Constraint & Femininity, E17 Art trail
Jun 2012 0.34 miles (0.54km), Camberwell College of Arts
May 2012 EMIT, New Gallery, Peckham
Jan 2012 SHOW, Camberwell College of Arts
Nov 2011 Under Construction, Camberwell College of Arts
Mar 2011 Foundation Art and Design Show 2011, Citylit
May 2014 Excellence in Printmaking by East London Printmakers
Sep 2013 Bainbridge Studio Award 2013