Painting with Paper: The Art of Akiko Sugiyama

Painting with Paper: The Art of Akiko Sugiyama


I came into this country and I was very very surprised because of level of the art and I kind of thought um, WOW! How can I compete, or how can I survive as
an artist in this country? So, I just shut myself in (the) house for
about a year and a half. Then one day, my husband brought onion skin paper. Now… young people dont know what the onion
skin paper is, but that is you know instead of the printer and the computer… some time ago before that they used to use carbon paper and onion skin in the typewriter. Didn’t have much excess money at that time,
and I was so happy to get some kind of paper. So, I was using watercolor one day sketching
it with the ideas and I didnt like it, the idea. So, I crumbled the paper and threw it in the
waste basket, but missed it. But I left it there. I was pretty frustrated. But, a few days later I looked at it, and
the sun was shining on it. Then, right away I thought – TEXTURE! And ever since I started from that day on I
experimented with different papers with textures. That is the beginning of my artwork. Since then, every year got deeper and
deeper and more .. you know, evolved. The techniques are more involved. Some of them are like a coiled rice paper. I can coil maybe 10 per day, and that is for
hundreds of them, and I feel I am lucky if I can make one work. Yeah, so some of them more involved. While I’m gluing one I have to wait until
the glue dries. So, I go to the second one. So, maybe about 3 of them I work together. Yeah, and probably each one would takes about
three weeks if I know what I’m going to make it. A lot of times I don’t know (laughing), yeah.

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