Miwa Neishi






Born. 1990,  Tokyo,  Japan

Lives in NYC


B.F.A in sculpture, Niigata University, 2013

M.F.A in sculpture, Kent State University, 2016


Currently working with ceramics at Sculpture Space NYC, Long Island City, NY


Artist Statement

My art aims to map out the imaginative organism/scenery connecting the virtue of tradition in art and society.  From gaining the inter-cultural perspectives through living in Japan, Mid-west U.S. and NYC, my practice is focused to invite viewers to find the familiarity in the "otherness/alienation" that we encounter in globalized society.


I paint on paper, wood and make ceramic objects. This practice aims to visualize my idea of merged-cultures in different textures and frames. 

I start drawing lines intuitively and spontaneously, yet similarly to how one writes letters in “Shodo," Japanese traditional calligraphy. The empty spaces/canvas start to gain shapes with these accumulation of lines, which I find similar to graffiti gestures, and these shapes grow as an organism. Each objects and shapes are metaphorically presented as "body" and each have unique textures, patterns and color. These lines and growths start to layer on top of each other to create a complex interaction of various ends.  Through studying the traditional pattern you can find in Ukiyoe, I also explore to find the merge of abstract and ukiyoe in my paintings. 

I find beauty where the elements of "Pop" "Tradition" and "Abstraction " meets in most organic way.


I use various kinds of red clay - importing from Mid-west - for the ceramic objects. In Japan where craft artists are mostly dominated by male and family heritage, I find it liberating to live as a ceramic artist in U.S., exploring the possibility of creativity cultural merging. My ceramic objects  stands at the middle point of my East and West conscious of freedom and home. 


Kana Cups

I work with ceramic as another way of visualizing an image into an actual object.

My “Kana Cups” are one series of the traditional art form of functional cups decorated with my abstract drawings and random Japanese letters. I started this project intending to introduce the fun shapes of Japanese letters simply to be exposed to non-Japanese viewers while there are not so many direct interaction one can have with Japanese culture outside of "eating sushi" in U.S..  This way, I hope my cups to be a bridge to viewers to interact with Japanese culture directly. 



Miwa Neishi

March 2018