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Subtle Intimacy: Here and There

After two seasonal residencies in Portland, Japan Institute’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Rui Sasaki, will exhibit her site-specific works inspired by the natural beauty of Portland Japanese Garden in an exhibition titled Subtle Intimacy: Here and There.

Photo by Jonathan Ley

Sasaki, who works primarily in glass, is known for her meticulous studies of the environment around her. Her work contemplates the stories of people and places and how encounters with plants and the weather can evoke a sense of intimacy and familiarity even in a foreign place. Sasaki aims to create immersive and multi-sensory experiences through her glass art installations that invite viewers to explore their own relationship with the natural world.  

Sasaki firing glass art at Bullseye Glass Co. Photo by Quincy Woo

We are honored that Subtle Intimacy: Here and There is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).