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Play is always the central interest in my work. I create pieces with geometric forms, bright in color and movement. I like wood as my choice of material, and fondly remember colorful wood blocks in my childhood. The feel and the look of distressed wooden surfaces, with worn out edges & corners implies a certain degree of use and the touch of the hand, maybe a certain degree of love. I learned furniture design and wood working at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the Rhode Island School of Design. My intent with these studies was to apply that knowledge and skill to make sculptural works that were strong enough for the viewers to touch. I did this for over twenty years, making painted wood objects for viewers to look at, but also ones they could move and activate. Since 2012, I have been pushing my work towards a two-dimensional format, focusing on color and surface. These works have qualities of both painting and sculpture, with the wood structure & compositional elements opening the door to new possibility for the ‘canvas’. For earlier works, the canvases are carefully assembled square wood bars in a square or rectangular plane. They are not intended to be touched, but there is a play in the work. It is the changing view for the viewers, as they move from one side of the work to the other. My new works are investigations of the logic of geometry. The circle is one of the shapes that often inspires my thinking. Like the moon in the sky, which amazes me every time I look up, for the circle’s perfection, the energy that is created from equal distancing from the center, and the nature of continuity. I am interested in how this geometry can distort, almost re-new the traditional 2D picture plane. - Emi Ozawa

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