My works are inspired by ordinary moments; such as landscapes, things that I touch, feel, image, and everything that I am surrendered by. My inspirations are everywhere. Some people may walk pass by, some may take a picture, but I capture it into a cloth and making it into something extraordinary with my own hand with my unique technique.
I have been through so many phase of expressing my art, but living in New York truly established my style. Living in N.Y on my own was very vulnerable experience, and it forced me to start from nothing. I would say the life in N.Y helped me to go back to basic.
My style origins from when I was very young. My grandmother used to own a colorful knitting shop where I often spend my time. I was fascinated by so many faces that fabrics, yarns and threads can have. This is the reason why I decided to use the fabrics to express my art. Perhaps, I was looking for some serenity through the memory of my grandmother. Soon it became my signatures style of art. I use a very thin cloth, and pull the threads little by little with my hands. It requires dynamic technique like carving a wood or sculpting a stone, but also requires sensitivity like a painting. However, when I combine all the techniques into a sheer cloth, it creates extraordinary sense of existence and illusionary shadow to my art.
I hope many people can stop and see the moments that I captured.
About the Artist
Hisami Taniguchi was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She earned B.A degree in Department of Fine Art. She was qualified to be a museum curator from Kyoto Seika University. She and her group successfully earned several exhibitions awards, such as New Face Award by Yoshimoto Kogyo co. LTD on GEISAI#2 in Tokyo, and Artist-in Residence program from Kyoto Art Center.
She has been studying Mixed Media in New York since 2009. Her signature style of art is created by pulling a string of a cloth by hand. Her technique was influenced by the memory of her playing with a needle, cloth, and thread in her grandmother's knitting shop.
Her recent achievements are not only exhibiting her artworks in group exhibitions, but also earned Janice Grad Memorial Scholarship in the Art Students League of New York, and awarded by NY Audience Award from ISE Cultural Foundation and by the 16th Anniversary Grand Harvest Emerging Artists Award from WAH Center. Moreover, she has designed costumes for the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York Inc., as well as the modern percussion group Cobu Inc.