Lynn Aisawa


I was raised in the upper Midwest, in the Paper Valley, where local businesses revolved around the manufacture of paper, and especially coated papers for print. Girls were expected to be nice, modest and to know your place, something I was not particularly good at. I was often left feeling vaguely confused and guilty for not meeting the expectations of those in positions of authority.

I make art to explore these feelings and question the nature of power and the power of its symbols; I strive to consider the relationship between what is seen, or done, and what is said. I work with various media, but mostly paper, collage and painting. Paper is a tactile, inviting medium full of power and meaning inherent for me. Words and symbols are used by us all to define limits and set meaning, and something in print has perceived authority. Who defines this process or what it means is always open to interpretation.