Naoko Wowsugi


Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow Naoko Wowsugi, is an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, lives and teaches in DC. Through a multidisciplinary practice including visual art, local lore, horticulture, and community participation, she celebrates human connections by toying with interpersonal and sociopolitical norms. Using art as a form of communication, her work depicts the individual in cultural economies and challenge habits of self-perception. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from both the Kansas City Art Institute and Osaka University of Arts in Japan. Notable recent exhibitions and talks include “Open Engagement” at Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2018), “Ae Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence," presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Honolulu, HI (2017) and "The Outwin: American Portraiture Today," at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (2016). 

Artist Events


Friday, June 21, 3:00-4:00pm
Saturday, June 22 8:10pm-8:50pm

"108+1" is a collaborative performance between Naoko Wowsugi and Estefani Mercedes that calls for collective healing. Through sound baths and an immersive light experience, they will ask the audience to consider multiple injustices in the world. 108 is a cosmic number in nature, astrology, yoga and many religions. The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun. In Japan, Zen Buddhist chime a gong 108 times to purify 108 different sins at the end of the year. 108+1=109 is the number of American die from gun violence every day from sunrise to sunset. For Sound Baths, Literals (Rebecca Mills and Matt Cohen) and STEFA will perform with the artists.