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Noriko Sugita's work depends on momentary inspiration, letting shapes and colors explore deep thought, as a choreographer explores complex thought through dance composition. Improvised movement of impersonated shape suggests symbols and patterns reflective of human emotion and relationships. She often layers thin pigments, creating reminders that our human experience is layered.
The color combinations she uses may come from her own 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.