Born in Kochi prefecture, on the Japanese island of Shikoku, Tamai received a BFA in Music from Tokyo University of the Arts and an MFA in Japanese Painting. She often credits her study of music and sound as being a major influence on her work. In describing her process Tamai has explained
, “Before I begin a piece, I do not decide the final shape or consider an eventual beauty. My final work is a result of the accumulation of each rip. The first rip leads to the next, revealing the spectrum of possibility, and I choose one from these possibilities. I do this again and again.”
—Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
” is on view at Ronin Gallery, New York, Oct. 21st–Nov. 14th, 2015
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