Norie Sato, based in Seattle, creates artwork for both a studio practice and public places. She has created individual, collaborative, design team public art projects as well as creating various public art plans for projects both large and small. She works from site and context-driven ideas first, then finds the appropriate form and materials, striving to add meaning and human touch to the built environment. She has been interested in the intersection of technology and the human, and how human perception and information processing can inform how technology develops, but also how places develop. Because of attention to the specifics of a project, her work is different from project to project, rather than pursuing a specific style or material. However, the consistency in her work is her process, her interest in creating work with layers of meaning with a more subtle reading that is more open-ended.
Her public artworks are found in universities, airports, libraries, transit, city halls, convention centers, infrastructure and parks all over the country. She continues to exhibit and her work was seen recently in LUX AETERNA at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of WA. She received the Governor’s Art Award as well as the Public Art Network Award in 2014. She also received the Twining Humber Award in 2013, and the SOLA Award in 2018.
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