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

  Throughout our all history, clay sculpture has been surrounded with many different religious stories and characters, that were made to be guardians, spiritual totems, or even figures of Gods, divinities, and deities.

In spite of our contemporary era, where “art” tends to be used as products and status symbols, I search to carry my art as an everyday ritual of worship – a depiction of space where no exact and clear definition applies. With that idea I believe art can serve as a symbol of freeness and an expression of life; a timeless record of energies.


My main sources of inspiration are abstract expressionism, merged with prehistoric and ancient clay figurines and calligraphy. By using contemporary materials, reflecting culture presented in our diverse and modernized environment, I wish to continue the legacy of human’s imagination and connection to the ultimate space of life.  Each artwork is free-formed and hand built, while I focus on the extension of lines and harmony of the form; similar to the practice of Japanese calligraphy. Complex or simple, I find every form reflects a character I came across in my life in Japan, Ohio, NYC, and elsewhere.


While my art forms are sculptural and abstract, I wish the audience to find them as familiar as a flower vase – a form of earth that’s carrying life and energy, freely given from nature.





-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