Just Because 11.3 ~ Spaces Between
July 10 - August 7
As an artist, Teruko Nimura is interested in the commonalities among human experiences and the ways that we use symbols and rituals to create collective memory. Spaces Between is an investigation of community, identity and spiritual practices through the lens of Asian and Asian-American culture. Popular icons like the laughing Buddha and Hello Kitty, or familiar traditions such as paper cranes and prayer flags become foundations that she uses to build upon with her own personal meaning. Large volumes of repetitive forms made by hand express time, labor, and consideration, emphasizing the sincerity of the objects, the beauty of shared efforts, and the importance of the individual as part of a greater whole.
Teruko Nimura received her B.F.A. in sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute, and her M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. She works with the City of Austin's Dougherty Arts Center as an arts education administrator for youth and teens. Currently she is working on a book project with her older sister Tamiko Nimura examining their father's internment at Tule Lake during World War II and their process of confronting his death in the early 1980's.