Through my artwork, I am searching for another vision and another way of thinking for my life in the expressive space between installation works, sculptures and wall works. I like to use overlooked indigenous objects from our daily life as my media. Discarded materials are important to me not only for environmental issues but also to reflect my current life. My choice of materials and interpretation are influenced by the differences that I experience between life in America and Japan where I grew up.


Bauhaus and Dadaism - these philosophies were perfect to affect the wounded youth in post-World War II Japan and I was not an exception. I grew up learning from and observing them in my formative years in Japan. My sculptural education was very academic but these philosophies became a solid core for my way of thinking and for my art-making direction.


My works are personal; I work in large and small scales in belief of their potential for intimacy. They are my visual diaries.


Tamiko Kawata in Woven Tale Press
Works featuring Tamiko Kawata's signature use of safety pins on view at Garvey/Simon
The Infinite Worlds Made from Pins
Women Artists Take on Heavy Metal
Metal Is Marvelous in the Hands of These Talented Women
NYC Gallery Scene – Highlights Through January 7, 2018
Garvey/Simon opens a group exhibition curated by Joseph A. Gross
Inward/Outward in Wall Street International
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary The New York Times Art Reviews - Helen Harrison
Adelphi University Presents Tamiko Kawata, Flow of Life: Nagare Press Release for Flow of Life: Nagare Exhibition
Making a point with 'Pins & Needles' art exhibit CT Post - Phyllis A.S. Boros
Reduce/Reuse/Reexamine: Tamiko Kawata's “Toward the Light/Archway.” The Brooklyn Rail - Denise McMorrow
Transcendental Vision / Sand City Richard Wittacker
Tamiko Kawata at EFA Studio Program
Transcendental Vision inspires ambiguity, contemplation and quiet: Mighty Whispers. Monterey County NOW - Walter Ryce
"A Quiet Room" Exhibition
Exhibition "Beyond Lines, Beyond Surfaces" Exhibition Brochure
Peaceful Contemplation in Works on Paper DNAInfo - Alan Neuhauser
“Based on a true story” the Artwork of Tamiko Kawata and Supakitch Art in Brooklyn
Bold Statement in Provincetown Staff Writer, Wicked Local
23 Apr. 2015
mall, unpretentious things make bold
statements at Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown
Tamiko Kawata, who came to the U.S. from Japan as a young adult, is fascinated with small, unpretentious
things and waste material from our daily lives, transforming them into three
dimensional observations on
America life and the environment.
Tamiko Kawata on 1stdibs
Tamiko Kawata on Artsy
Sculptural Safety Pin Jewelry by Tamiko Kawata