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About the Artist

Taiji Miyasaka was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. He began studying architecture in Japan and came to the United States to pursue further study in architecture. After practicing architecture and interior design in New York and the Netherlands, Miyasaka decided to shift his career from practice to academia in 2001. The primary goal of his teaching and research is to challenge assumptions and discover different perspectives of architecture design. In his book, Seeing and Making in Architecture, he writes about techniques for learning about and engaging in the design process. His research on timber grain elevators was exhibited and led to two installation projects whose central theme is light/darkness. Miyasaka’s recent installations at Bellevue Arts Museum, Night Blooming and Camera Perturba, also explores potentials of light/darkness.

Taiji received GAP 2016 funding for When darkness is light, a project originating from his design research. Miyasaka proposes to discover a series of spaces in Kyoto, Japan, which have an intense relationship between light and darkness, and document them in drawings, photographs, and interviews. He plans to exhibit the results of the documentation in the Carpenter Hall Gallery at Washington State University in summer 2017 and at other locations, including Japan. The documentation process will then serve as a foundation for design exploration of light and darkness in an installation project.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

I appreciate Artist Trust for giving me this grant and enabling me to further develop my inquiry of light. I also thank the following people: David Drake as a collaborator, Washington State University students who helped on the projects, Stefano Catalani, Jennifer Navva Milliken, Eileen Herbert, and staff members at Bellevue Arts Museum who gave me an opportunity to exhibit projects at Bellevue Arts Museum.

Taiji Miyasaka