Drawing & Performance
Satomi Kawai, born in Wakayama, Japan, is a contemporary visual artist who creates adornments, drawings, printings, and performances. She has been living in Iowa City, IA, USA since 1999, where she started academic art education and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa in 2006. Satomi has been exhibiting her art nationally and internationally, including at SIERAAD (Amsterdam), JOYA (Barcelona), and Munich Jewelry Week. One of her rings is in a permanent collection by Alice and Louis Koch at the Swiss National Museum in Zürich.
Satomi carries minimalistic aesthetics, derived from Japanese traditional art practices: flower arrangement, tea ceremony, and calligraphy. She focuses on layers of personal femininity and environment to generate a response to the question “what does it mean to be a woman.” Integral to the process of discovering a true answer to the inquiry, Satomi invites comments from diverse communities to participate. All responses, personal and collected, inform her unique works.
Education, experience, exhibitions, publications, and collections