Sumire Skye Taniai’s new body of work is playful, experimental, and personal. Two different sources- floating Japanese characters and abstracted imagery flutter between tension and harmony. Leaving Japan and relocating to the U.S. Midwest at an early age, most of Taniai’s early language has been forgotten or never learned. Recently, the desire to teach Japanese, and internet accessibility has led Taniai to become serious about her language studies. Each piece featured in Mooshu, Donkey, and the Floating Wor(l)ds was inspired by the grouping of 18 collages. References to the midwestern landscape and memories from Japan can be gleaned from the intimate wall sculptures, block prints, watercolors with funky wood frames, and mixed media collages.

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