Jesianne Asagi Jesianne Asagi


I work with paper and found objects. Words/Text are important in my pieces. Most are found in the pages of old encyclopedias and dictionaries and are chosen based on instinct and interest in the study of language. I combine paper constructions, tiny horn/shell sculptures, and found objects with the words. 

Deciphering the gaps, openings, and lacunas is an important part of my assemblages. I’m interested in the moment between moments, what takes place, what is unsaid. Similar to deciphering hieroglyphs, I hope to create another language, as if artifacts from a different time have been uncovered. Text and images from old dictionaries and encyclopedias are my main elements in describing these moments. 

Mono no aware 物の哀れ a Japanese idiom meaning, the sensitivity of things/transience of things. The idea of the fleeting moment, how nothing lasts/stays the same, influences my work and materials which is ephemera, paper, bits of nature.

The work is also influenced by the lineage of women who came before me, who “made-do", appreciating their resourcefulness, and in doing their best with what they had. Whenever possible, I use materials that are used and found. I never feel like my pieces will live forever and hope they will decompose in its entirety. I often feel that the pieces are like an unearthing, findings from my unconscious.

Jesianne Asagi was born in 1970 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jesi has a BFA in Graphic Design from Cornish College of the Arts, and has exhibited in Honolulu, Pomona, and Seattle.


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KOBO Seattle, Seattle (group show)
ArtInTime, fishcake gallery, Honolulu (group show)
studio e vatican window, Seattle (solo installation)
Methodologie, Seattle (group show)
Curtis Steiner, Seattle (solo and two group shows)
Art at Mark's Garage, Honolulu (group show)
University House, Seattle (group show)
Stronghold, Pomona CA (solo installation)

"Asian and Pacific Islander American Women: An Historical Anthology" (book cover), Shirley Hune and Gail Nomura, NYU Press, 2005.

Webster Family, New York
Black Bottle, Seattle
Schlott Family, Seattle
Blank Family, Chicago

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