For Nobuko Saji, making art is a meditative experience. In her paintings, she connects with spirit of the physical world. “I harvest my creative power from nature,” she says, and in her hands nature’s rhythms and motifs are transformed into strong yet subtle graphic patterns. The circle in particular is dominant in her work. She notes that the circle’s power is central to Japanese art and Zen Spirit, representing the principles of minimalism and an underlying sense of simplicity. Those features are reflected in her images, in which even slight shifts in color, form and texture can reveal a variety of meanings.
But while simplicity is at the heart of Saji’s style, her methods of realizing that simplicity are varied. In her mixed media paintings, materials such as plaster, gels, acrylics and oil paint are combined. That mix of textures results in works with a vital, complex physical presence. By combining that physicality with the sense of balance that underlies each image, the artist presents us with a distinctive world. Born in Japan, she lives and works in the U.S.