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By Suiren

April 2 – 30, 2011








“Flights” by Suiren, copyright 2011     sumi, china paint on paper


Directly working with sumi, china paint on paper, the process is like flying--soaring and rising within a completely open and free space inside one’s mind and heart.

Inspired by music from Flightpatterns, a CD by Open Graves--Paul Kikuchi, percussion, Jesse Olsen, guitar--with Stuart Dempster, trombone. The paintings are rendered in the moment in a totally unrestricted way, tapping deep into the unconscious to express the un-expressible. Exhilarating and transforming, the process reveals with complete honesty one’s innermost truth.


Suiren, her given artist name, a.k.a. Renko Ishida Dempster, born and brought up in San Francisco.  Her work is influenced by Japanese aesthetics and Buddhist philosophy inherited from her parents.  Upon moving to Seattle, Suiren engaged in formal art studies at Factory of Visual Art and University of Washington School of Art.  Suiren’s work includes costume design/construction for theater pieces; performances of drawings with Seattle’s movement, sound, and visual arts collective ROOM; and various exhibitions in the Northwest including Seattle’s Northwest Asian American Theater’s RAW Gallery “Celebrating Year of the Dragon” (solo exhibition); Jack Straw New Media Gallery (Seattle) “Dream–Time–Pieces” (with musician Stuart Dempster); and Commencement Gallery in Tacoma “Drawn From…” (group show featuring Washington artists of Asian decent).  Suiren also collaborated with Deep Listening Band and dancer for the 2002 Sound Symposium, St. Johns Newfoundland. She has performed with ARTKOAMIA, a sound and visual art collective based in Seattle. During 2005 she was an Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts creating a body of work for the Dome Project.  She has shown works in the group show Painted Word Exhibition, Evergreen State College, Olympia WA, in December 2005-February 2006.  In 2007, Suiren was a Deep Listening Convergence Artist at Lifebridge Sanctuary in High Falls NY.  She has drawn in real time at the Tanabata Remix concert at Seattle’s Chapel Performance Space in 2007.  She also painted in real time and exhibited works during “Abundant Sound Gardens: In Memory of Toyoji Tomita” at San Francisco’s Meridian Gallery 2009.  Renko’s art also appears on CD covers of Echoes of Syros (2008), Traveler’s Todi (2010), and on the inner sleeve of Flight Patterns (2010).