About Me

photo of the artist Kaz OginoKaz Ogino is a Japanese-Canadian artist living in Toronto, Canada.

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Artist Statement

How do I draw water? How do I draw a formless ‘it’? Why do I so often use the circle and the window as frames for my work? Curiosity is a strong in me. It’s both a gift and a curse: a gift that offers infinite interests and countless avenues, and a curse because I now have a room full of works on paper that I very seriously need to cull.

Today I listened to the 2011 audio recording, The Art of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. For those of you who know Natalie’s work, you know that it’s not just about writing. For me, on this day, it was about how to think about this rebooted website and how to show my work. The recording reminded me to say what you want to say, not what you think you should say. It also offers guidance on culling my room full of art, taking what you can from it, that which continues to have energy for you, and throwing the rest out. Timely indeed.

I recently read that, visual art has more to do with process than product. I think that is a quote from Paul Klee, regardless it’s a perspective that I share with its author. Never having had the chutzpah to be a full-time artist who relied on selling art to pay the rent. I have had the luxury of making art that was unhampered by what any others thought about it, although I am most grateful to those of you who have encouraged me over the years. This kind of freedom has taken me to places just for the sheer joy of it. What a gift. What a journey. Welcome aboard.

Kaz, January 11, 2018


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