Migiwa Orimo


Migiwa Orimo (Born Japan, resides in Yellow Springs OH.) is an artist whose primary work takes the form of installation. Orimo was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. After receiving her degree in literature and studying graphic design, she immigrated to the US in the early eighties.

In her process of creating installations, she begins by entering a space of language. Often her installations consist of disparate elements--painting, drawing, sculpture, video and sound. In attempting to establish relationships and tension between those elements, similar to constructing sentences, she explores the notions of gap, slippage, and "a realm of disjunction."

She exhibits her work nationally; her work has been shown extensively in Ohio and around the USA -- the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, the San Bernadino Museum, CA, the Richman Gallery, Baltimore, MD, and in Ohio, the Springfield Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, OSU's Urban Arts Space, Oberlin College's Baron Gallery, and Spaces, Cleveland.

A two-time recipient of the Individual Artists Fellowship, in 2008 and 2013 the Ohio Arts Council awarded Orimo an Individual Creativity Excellence Award for her interdisciplinary art projects. She is a recipient of the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Award (2012). Orimo lives and works in Yellow Springs, Ohio.




Yellow Springs, OH

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