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Noriko Sugita's work depends on momentary inspiration, letting shapes and colors explore deep thought. Inventive and animated, her use of shapes and lines suggests human emotion and relationships or elaborate fictional worlds. Sugita often layers thin pigments of saturated color along with active marks through a reductive woodcut printing technique. While this makes for small editions it allows for increased detail and color. The color combinations she uses come from her own, Japanese traditions, such as from the palette of the kimono. The modern apparel industry uses about 2000 dye samples. Yuzen Kimono color samples are about 4000. Even in the 18th century there were over 800. Exploring such traditions informs Sugita's art, even while working in different media, in a different land.
Originally from Hakodate, Japan, Noriko Sugita earned a BFA (summa cum laude) from Southern Oregon University in 2004. Exhibiting and teaching throughout the Pacific Northwest, she now resides in Beaverton, OR.