Voyage through the Void, 2013. Optical fiber, stainless steel, cable wire, LED illuminations, and sound, 2 x 15 x 4 ft. Installation at Shōdo Island, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan

Nobuho Nagasawa: The Poetics of Place and Time

Through sculpture, Nobuho Nagasawa expresses the concept of transporting the self, from pre-life to afterlife, on a vessel of light, bringing art into a realm where historical events, personal existence, and spiritual insights meet. Nagasawa was born in Japan, but she received her master’s degree in Berlin in 1985 and has been living in the United States for nearly 30 years. She currently works in New York and teaches at Stony Brook University. Though Nagasawa has an affinity for the visionary social sculpture of Joseph Beuys, her work is not nearly so ephemeral or improvisatory. Instead, she takes physical site, social context, and political meaning as the boundaries for public art. Working more or less entirely in public spaces, she combines a lyrical sense of form and color with a sensitivity to historical motivations. Though Nagasawa works primarily in the U.S., she has also completed projects in Japan, as well as in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. …see the entire article in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.