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About

Mari Nagaoka (b.1996) is a Seattle-based multimedia artist and draughtsman originally from Watsonville, California. They recently received their BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. Their work largely concerns eroticism, queerness, and Japanese diaspora. Through the lens of erotic symbolism and various taboo subcultures, they construct representational works that hold significance to their personal exploration and narrative. Currently, they are working with ballpoint pen, tediously layering tar-like strokes of ink across raw canvas or paper to create decadent large-scale drawings. Their heavily process-based practice asks questions about legitimacy and “high” vs. “low” culture, while acting as a reclamation of imagery that is normally overlooked. They currently live and work in Seattle, Washington.