Keiko Miyamori is a Japanese artist based in Brooklyn and Tokyo. She majored in traditional Japanese-style painting in university and received the Tamon Miki Award for Modern Painting upon completion of her graduate work. She then moved to the United States and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania for a year-long fellowship under the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-Cho).
Miyamori returned to Japan to show her work at the Ueno Royal Museum, Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Art Tower Mito, and the Miyagi Museum of Art, among others. In 2000, she then returned to the United States, setting up a studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since then, she has been primarily showing in the United States, as well as in Japan, Germany, and South Korea. In more recent years, she has moved to New York with a studio in Brooklyn, focusing on her upcoming shows in New York and Japan at the end of the year.
Miyamori works with natural materials, such as handmade washi--a traditional Japanese paper--and charcoal, to creat tree rubbings. The surface of the tree is then rubbed with the charcoal to create markings representitive of the bark, on washi paper. She then wraps the washi onto natural and artificial objects, emphasizing the connection and renewal of things in life. Her art parallels the cycle of a tree, in particular the bark and its own individuality and nurture but the vulnerability and purity of what it hides and peels to reveal. She also works with resin, suspending objects from nature as well as her own artwork, in a solid, plastic resin. She enjoys exploring one’s connection to the Earth as well as to each other through an ongoing project known as TSUNAGU, which means ‘connection’ in Japanese, as a way to unite people through an exchange of personal treasures or menial objects found around the world.