Mika Obayashi is a sculpture and installation artist from Michigan,
USA. She received her BA in Art and the History of Art from Amherst
College in 2019. Since September 2019, she has been living in Kyoto
teaching English and studying at Kyoto Seika University. She had her
first solo exhibition, As the Crow Flies, in February, 2020 at
GalleryGallery in Kyoto.
She is interested in modifying traditional craft processes such as
sewing and papermaking to create visually enterable sculptures and
installations that mindfully articulate empty space. She uses nature
as both a source for materials and conceptual inspiration.
While in Itoshima she will continue her series of “artifacts,”
inspired by archaeological objects and tools that once held a specific
use but are now simply on display. In addition, she hopes to complete
an installation out of paper and thread that is heavily informed by
the surrounding mountainous landscape of Itoshima.