An interdisciplinary artist, Migiwa Orimo primarily works in installation consisting of text, drawing, objects, video and sound that explores the notions of gap, slippage, and “a realm of disjunction.” Using the concept of storage/archive as her framework, Orimo explores the relationship between public memory and private space by examining: how memories are shared and internalized; how they are stored and become stories; and, how memories and history collide.
A five-time recipient ('96/'04/'08/'13/'21) of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship/Individual Creativity Excellence Award for her interdisciplinary art projects, she was awarded residencies at the Headlands Art Center in 2012 and SPACES Gallery's SPACES World Artist Project in 2014. Her work has been shown extensively, including at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; San Bernardino Art Museum, CA; and in Ohio, the Springfield Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, OSU's Urban Arts Space, Riffe Gallery (Columbus), Oberlin College's Baron Gallery, and Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati), apexart (NYC).
As a social justice activist, Orimo facilitates People's Banner Workshop and provides free banners to activist groups.
Orimo was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. After receiving her degree in literature and studying graphic design in Japan, she immigrated to the US in the 1980’s. Orimo lives and works in Yellow Springs, Ohio. (A full CV available on request)