June Sekiguchi


June Sekiguchi
June Sekiguchi makes sculptures and large scale immersive installations that involve intensely manipulating material that is pattern based, modular and site responsive. She processes, deconstructs, and re-structure forms, focusing on metaphorical rather than literal interpretations of the source material. The primary medium she uses is engineered wood panels using a scroll saw to cut pattern. June is an arts activist and advocate co-founding and participating in several non-profit and artist run spaces in the Seattle area Her interests in and out of her studio practice involves social justice issues, cultural exchange, mental health and elder communities. She is currently an independent art curator for Era Living. Sekiguchi was awarded a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship and 2007 GAP grant as well as five 4Culture grants. Other awards include a sculpture scholarship from Pratt Fine Arts Center and artist-in-residencies to Luang Prabang, Laos, the James and Janie Washington Foundation, and Willapa Bay AiR. Regional exhibitions include the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial exhibition: Knock on Wood. Her work is in private and public collections Seattle Portable Works, Ethnic Heritage Gallery at the Seattle Municipal Tower, and internationally in Laos, Morocco, and exhibited in Sweden. Intentional information gathering travel has been an important part of her art practice traveling to Cambodia, Laos, Morocco, France, Portugal, and Ireland in 2017-18. She lives in the Tacoma area.