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Michiko Tanaka

Michiko Tanaka is a Seattle-based multimedia artist who has worked extensively abroad. For thirteen years, Tanaka worked as a scenic artist primarily doing large scale installations for theater, opera, museums, public organizations, and private residences.

Her piece Aerial View of Tokyo at Night is part of the Juried Group Show in the Red Barn.

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Since 2010 Tanaka has worked in Seattle focusing on studio and public art. “In my artistic practice I prefer experimentation over making cohesive bodies of work. I love trying different mediums and developing new ideas,” Tanaka says. “My former career as a scenic painter has been useful in my current practice. As a scenic I would face unique problems and create new tools or techniques to solve them.”

Aerial View of Tokyo at Night was inspired by Tanaka’s view from an airplane as she looked down on the illuminated city at night. Tanaka recreated the essence and energy of Japan’s capital city at night by using specially chosen beads applied to a basswood panel.

Courtesy of Michiko Tanaka