“Kahori Kamiya makes explosive expressionistic sculptures about the challenges she’s had breastfeeding as a mother. A topic which is often accompanied with unfair feeling of shame.”
- Brooklyn Rail Critic Robert Shane “AHA! A House for Arts” featured by TV
Kahori Kamiya makes art to heal human trauma. All of her works are visceral and rooted in her memories and experiences. Using diverse materials and hybrid techniques she explores opposing themes of suffering/healing and beauty/grotesque. Her current body of works focus on her motherhood, especially "breastfeeding".
Kamiya was born in Nagoya, Japan and moved to New York, where she received her second MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts. She is a recipient of the Face mask Award from Hudson Valley MOCA in 2020, the ISCP Residency Program (upcoming) in 2021, and Puffin Foundation Grant in 2022. Recently her works are also featured by Art Spiel (Art Review), WMHT Public Media TV, and Ever Emerging Magazine.
Kamiya has been participating in both national as well as international exhibitions including Woodstock Artists Association Museum in NY, Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, Van Der Plas Gallery in NY, Oculus Westfield World Trade Center in NY, Carrie Able Gallery in Brooklyn, I Like Your Work Online Exhibition, DIY Cultures in London, Prospect Gallery in Australia, Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn, the 14th Media Art Biennale Alternative Now in Poland, and Pärnu International Film & Video Festival in Estonia.
"We the People" at Puffin Cultural Forum (NJ)
"Small Work Show" at Amos Eno Gallery (Brooklyn)
Current Art Review & Interview
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Top Image : Performance Still at Amos Eno Gallery (10/29/2021)
Below Image : Face Mask for 2020
Acrylic, enamel, wood, fabric, studs, silk flower
15” h x 10” w x 10” d
For the Pandemic, Kamiya made a sculptural face mask. This is an extension of her previous works that explored the concept of social armor through wearable sculptures. She was inspired to make this face mask by people who fight the coronavirus, isolation, and feeling of loss. (Museum Awarded work)