Kanako Muraguchi Artist’s StatementMy work focuses on watercolor painting inspired by everyday elements of my life. I draw pattern from trivial things that people tend to overlook. Working with the decorative process, I manipulate colors and shape with an alternation to minor detail. The Japanese lunchbox which has harmony and order in the complexity of limited space is an influence for my imagery. As a variety of food is neatly packed in the compartments of these lunchboxes, the mixture of abstract and representational motifs full of vivid and eclectic colors are interpreted through my works. I depict the density of the minutia of everyday subjects in my paintings. I would like the viewer to spend some time to discover shapes and forms that are familiar to them. Even though the paintings are about daily scenes from my experience, the images of my paintings can be tied to the viewer’s own experience.The contrast of opaque and transparent effects which are created by the combination of watercolor and other media gives depth to the decorative surface. With my medium of choice, watercolor, I have more control in drawing details and am able to paint directly on paper intuitively. I edit the motifs of the painting through the computer design process and illustrate a narrative composition with these elements. I enjoy the process of looking back to my daily experiences and portraying this experience as something more impressive.
Artist Bio / CV
Kanako Muraguchi is a Japanese textile designer who creates detailed pattern with a colorful palette and utilizes digital fabric printing processes to transform her painting to patterned fabric. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at Randolph Macon Woman’s College in 2006 and is now studying in the fibers MFA graduate program at Savannah College of Art and Design. Through her skill with watercolor and other media, her work displays a playfulness in the transparency of her biomorphic imagery. Recently she has been working on a series of miniature watercolor paintings which are inspired by her unique perspective on daily life, interpreted digitally into printed collages on fabric.