Emi Ozawa (Tokyo, Japan 1962 - )


Emi Ozawa (b. 1962) creates painted wood wall sculptures that shift magically when viewed from different perspectives. These optical wall paintings are constructed from many pieces of wood that are screwed together to construct a dimensional surface. Color is strategically arranged to create compositions that shift when viewed from different perspectives. Her sophisticated surface application and meticulous design reveal an emphasis on craftsmanship. Even the obscured areas of Ozawa’s work are exquisitely executed. She created this body of work at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program from 2016 to 2017. While working in her large studio in Roswell, Ozawa chose to increase the scale of her work. Several of her pieces are based on Amidakuji, a Japanese game of chance learned by every school-aged child. If you follow the line, you find the winner. Originally from Tokyo, Ozawa currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. She studied woodworking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and later earned an MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design.  

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