Migiwa Orimo

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Spring 7-5-2018


Interview with Migiwa Orimo by Jessica Ruiz.


Artist Bio:
Migiwa Orimo is an artist whose primary work takes the form of installation. Orimo was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. After receiving her degree in literature and studying graphic design, she immigrated to the US in the early eighties.

In her process of creating installations, she begins by entering a space of language. Often her installations consist of disparate elements--text, painting, drawing, objects, video and sound. In attempting to establish relationships and tension between those elements, similar to constructing sentences, she explores the notions of gap, slippage, and “a realm of disjunction.”

She exhibits her work nationally; her work has been shown extensively in Ohio and around the USA -- the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, Headlands Art Center, CA, San Bernadino Museum, CA, the Richman Gallery, Baltimore, MD, and in Ohio, the Springfield Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, OSU's Urban Arts Space, Riffe Gallery (Columbus), Oberlin College's Baron Gallery, and SPACES Gallery (Cleveland).

A four-time recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship/Individual Creativity Excellence Award for her interdisciplinary art projects, she was awarded to the Headlands Art Center Residency Program in 2012 and SPACES Gallery's SPACES World Artist Project in 2014. Orimo lives and works in Yellow Springs, Ohio.