Creative Spotlight: Japan Cinema Interview Miya Ando

[Originally posted May 20th, 2014]

Miya Ando is a post-minimalist artist who just so happens to be of half-Japanese and half-Russian heritage and is a descendent of Bizen sword maker Ando Yoshiro Masakatsu. She was raised by sword smiths-turned Buddhist priests in a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan. She caught our attention recently with her unusual combination of traditional Japanese techniques and individual innovations that went into creating her recent body of work applying intense heat to carefully lacquered sections of metal. By doing this she’s able to alter the chemical properties of the materials, transforming the pieces into gradient patterns. We talk to her about her upcoming shows, her creative direction, films and more. Read below for the full Q&A…