Judy Shintani

Contact Info:

PO Box 1510

El Granada CA 94018

(650) 464-4736

judyshintani@yahoo.com

www.judyshintani.com

 

Visual Artist: mixed media

Earth Calligraphy

Remains 1

Matsuoka

Artist's Statement

I go on material treasure hunts to salvage yards and 2nd hand shops; to forests and beaches; to other countries and to my grandmotherís musty forgotten closet in Lodi. Sometimes things just appear to me when Iím not even trying to find them. Typically I work with old, used and sometimes decaying matter of wood, metal or plastic; combining their industrial, manmade quality with organic items like oyster shells, pine needles, and raffia. The union of these juxtaposed materials explores the conflict and union of the mechanistic and the mystic worlds, and my desire to merge my spiritual and everyday life in a more holistic manner.

 

The assemblages also convey my stories, emotions, and Self exploration journeys. Often an alchemical process occurs as I put together my sculptures - through burning and weather effects of sun and rain. These methods acknowledge changes I am making in my life.

 

My ancestry is an area of richness for me. I feel by meditating on and honoring their stories through my art, I am providing healing for my family ñ past, present, and future. Some of the sculptures are tributes to my family matriarchy ñ my grandmother and my mother.

 

My work is a form of meditation. The repetition puts me in another state. I recently punctured a mannequin over a hundred times with a paper clip and inserted pine needles dipped in glue, one by one into each poked hole. It was a process in patience which I enjoyed. I appreciate the focus and attention of being in my art. Nothing is more important than being present in creation.

 

Education

Masters of Transformative Art, JFK University, Berkeley, in progress

Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design, San Jose State University, 1980

Art Teaching Resume


TRANSFORMATIVE ART FACILITATOR, November 2004 - present

Journey Card Workshop, Enso Yoga Studio, July 2005

Exploring Self through Our Family Roles, Enso Yoga Studio, Feb-April 2005

Alzheimer Creativity Workbook for Families, developed March 2005

Mourning Your Unborn Child Through Creative Ritual, Enso Yoga Studio, Nov 2004

Solo Shows

In a moment, M Coffee, Half Moon Bay, December 2005

Connections, John F. Kennedy University Arts & Consciousness Department

Reception, Berkeley, November 2004

Transitions, Downward Dog Yoga Studio, Pacifica, May, 2002

 

Group Shows

4 Artists Brave the Elements, M Coffee, Half Moon Bay, December 2005

The Dreaming Mind - The Conscious Mind- A collaborative exhibition between
NIAD Art Center and the JFKU School of Holistic Studies,

John F. Kennedy University Arts & Consciousness Gallery, Berkeley, March 2005

Community B Show, John F. Kennedy University Arts & Consciousness
Department Reception, Berkeley, March 2005

Day of the Dead Show, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, October 2004

Enso Holiday Show, Enso Green House, Half Moon Bay, December 2002

 

2 x 2 Show, John F. Kennedy University Arts & Consciousness Gallery, Berkeley
November 2002

Transformative Art Seminar Show, John F. Kennedy University Arts
& Consciousness Department Reception, Berkeley, November 2001

 

Curator

Coastside Childrenís Programs - Young Human Art,
Enso Gallery, Half Moon Bay, August 2005

 

© Copyright Judy Shintani, 2006