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Art Nomura

Creative Philosophy

I think I was born to be an artist.  Which means that I tend to wonder about why things are the way they are and what it would be like if a different way, belief, or standard was in play.


When the wonderment attains a critical mass of sorts, I am often moved to creative action.


I believe that a fundamental purpose of Art, beyond self-expression, is to test the boundaries of what we find beautiful, inspiring, and worth considering.  I have formal concerns and interests that revolve around multi-dimensionality and the limits of our perceptions.


I am interested in the exploration of more circular, less direct modes of communication than are prevalent in the West.  Despite being a member of what has been referred to as a ‘model minority’ (Japanese Americans) I find myself continually attracted to content that examines and/or acknowledges my ‘otherness’ as a non-white or black American.


Cultural references always appear in my work.  They encourage a sense of integration and reinforce my belief in the universality of the human condition.  Without contradiction, I am interested in being accepted as a significant creative voice in society as a whole rather than just as a member of a ghettoized minority group. 


Since accessibility to Art is important to me, I incorporate humor and a sense of play in whatever I create.


My working methods are idiosyncratic and obsessive.


Although I have successfully taught film and video production for over thirty-five years, I resist formulaic approaches in the creation of my work.


I immensely enjoy the process of creation.


Much joy comes from working in innovative ways with untried ideas.

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