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Chika Matsuda works with sculpture, video and installation, and often uses found objects and materials. Matsuda’s art practice contemplates the way we live our daily lives, our perception of life, the experience and existence of human beings, and how we consume and reproduce resources. It is an investigation into the relationship between humans and nature, in terms of what our activities generate and the traces they leave behind. Matsuda was born and raised in Japan. She moved to New Zealand in 2001 and received her B.A in 2006 from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. She then moved to the United States and recieved her MFA degree from the University of Arizona in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in New Zealand, Japan, Bulgaria, Italy and the United States. Matsuda has received 2008 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Students Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and 1st place in South West graduate student competition, Crossing 2009, 1885 Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate Fellowship ($10,000).


1983 Born in Japan.

Education
2010 Master of Fine Arts degree, University of Arizona, U.S.A.
2006 Bachelor of Arts from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Artist in Residency
2014 Homesession, Barcelona, Spain
2013 Winter Residency at Agora, Berlin, Germany
2012 Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria IL, U.S.A
2011-2012 Border Art Residency, Anthony, NM, U.S.A
2009 Process-Space Art Festival, Balchik, Bulgaria

Professional Experience
2012 Artist talk, New Mexico State University, NM, U.S.A
2011-12 Visiting Artist, Fall/Spring semester, University of Texas El Paso, TX, U.S.A
2008-09 Instructor of Record, First Year Experience (3-D design, Experience) University of Arizona, AZ, U.S.A

Solo exhibitions
2015 “The view point when I’m standing on my tiptoes” Karakoruza Gallery, Nagano, Japan
2014 “The way I, as a fish on land, make bubbles.” Art Space Flat File, Nagano, Japan
“Chika Matsuda Solo”, TOPOOS Highland Haricoit Rouge 2014, Nagano, Japan
“I mistook a squid in its ink for the moon in the night”, Homesession, Barcelona, Spain
2013 “Chika Matsuda Solo”, TOPOOS Highland Haricoit Rouge 2013, Nagano, Japan
2012 “Fragments of A Long Sentence”, Sotoa Gallery, El Paso, TX, U.S.A
2010 “Melt into the Atmosphere”, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A
2009 “Here –Standing Still”, Graduate and Alumni Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A
“I cannot be at two places at the same time”, Graduate and Alumni Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A
2008 “Static Motion”, Lionel Rombach Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A

Duo exhibition
2014 “Matsuchiro Alternative”, Ikeda Masuo Museum, Nagano, Japan
2013 “Obuse Alterative”, Obuse Museum Annex of Chinami Nakajima Gallery, Nagano, Japan

Group exhibitions
2015 “Viewing the Universe” Shiga Kogen Roman Museum, Nagano, Japan
“Nippon International Performance Festival Asia” 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Japan
2013 “Depression Intersubjective Installation Meeting”, Eishindo Building/ Mamekura Gallery/ Art space Flat File/ Graceful Gallery, Nagano, Japan
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival”, Matsushirohan Bunbu Gakkou, Nagano, Japan
“Spiral Independent Creators Festival 14”, Spiral Building, Tokyo, Japan
“Portrait In The Moving Image”, Internationell Konst Fllm Utställning, Vandalorum, Varnamo, Sweden
“Do you see the forest? I see trees.”, AGORA, Berlin, Germany
2012 “The A.I.R Gallery 10th Biennial”, The A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A
“IRREVERSIBLE Magazine Winners Exhibition” Wynwood Exhibition Center, Miami, FL, U.S.A
“Moving Picture”, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL, U.S.A
“NAGANO CONCEPTUS”, Shiga Kogen Roman Museum, Nagano, Japan
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival”, Matsushirohan Bunbu Gakkou, Nagano, Japan
“The Motion –Performance Art and Film”, Vio-Park Gekijyou, Matsumoto, Japan
“Hands”, [.BOX] Videoart project space, Milan, Italy
“Videoholica special selection 2011”, VisualContainer, Milan, Italy
“New Mexico Showcase”, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A
2011 “Delight-becomes pictorial” Kore Press, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A
“Nod Nod Wink Wink: Con­cep­tual Art in New Mex­ico and Its Influ­ences”, Harwood Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A
“Metamorphosis”, Gallery 82, Nagano, Japan
The 4th Videoholica International Video Festival, Verna, Bulgaria
2010 The 3rd Videoholica International Video Festival, Verna, Bulgaria
“Made in Tucson/Born in Tucson/Live in Tucson Part II”, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A
2009 “Epoch”, Flow Gallery, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A
“Process-Space Art Festival”, Balchik City Art Gallery, Balchik, Bulgaria
“Crossing 2009”, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A
2008 “9th Spiral Independent Creators Festival”, Tokyo, Japan
“Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall/Winter Exhibition”, Hamilton, NJ, U.S.A
2007 “8th Spiral Independent Creators Festival”, Tokyo, Japan
2006 “Departure”, BA Thesis show at the Suter Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand

Performance
2013 “NIPAF (Nippon International Performance Festival)”, Asbestos in Indonesia, New Zero Art Space in Myanmar.

Collection
2012 “Infinitely Reflecting the Darkness”, The Land With No Name, Arizona, U.S.A
“When The Universe Leaks”, Process Museum, Arizona, U.S.A

Awards
2015 Judge’s prize (Nakamura Masato) 3331a Art Hack Day, 3331 Arts Chiyoda
Second place Socially Engaged Art Idea Marathon, 3331 Arts Chiyoda
2012 IRREVERSIBLE Magazine Competition “20 Special Invitations mention Video”
2011 Videoholica special selection 2011
2009 First place and purchase award from Crossing 2009 South West graduate students competition
2008 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award
2007 Judge’s prize (Akaike Manabu) 8th Spiral Independent Creators Festival

Scholarships and Fellowships
2009 1885 Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate Fellowship Program, University of Arizona
School of Art Small Grants program, University of Arizona
Medici scholarship, School of Art, University of Arizona
Misto-Erz Scholarship
Kira Fournier Scholarship
2008 Edward Dunn Scholarship

Medici Scholarship, School of Art, University of Arizona
School of Art Small Grants program, University of Arizona
Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grants, University of Arizona

Bibliography
Interview: www.dukecityfix.com/profiles/blogs/interview-chika-matsuda-1st
Sculpture, October 2008 Vol.27 No.8, A publication of the International Sculpture Center http://www.sculpture.org/documents/programsandevents/programs/StudentAwards/2008/ChikaMatsuda.shtml