I felt very pleased to be selected to exhibit in USF’s “Yearning to Breath Free” exhibit on Domestic Violence earlier this year, but I was even more surprised that they selected one of my pieces, Revealed #1, to be featured in the USF Lawyer magazine (back cover Gallery section) that is distributed to their alumni audience, students, and colleagues.. It is wonderful that USF’s exhibit supported La Casa de las Madres and I am very happy that I was able to be a part of it.
This article was written by Carolyn, of the law communications office at the USF School of Law.
Kathy Fujii-Oka’s piece “Revealed #1” is part of her mixed media and sculpture “Altar Series” that was featured in the USF School of Law Sixth Annual Creative Justice Art Show in February. This year’s show, “Yearning to Breathe Free,” sought to raise awareness about domestic violence and highlight challenges faced by immigrant victims. Event proceeds were donated to La Casa de las Madres, a domestic violence shelter for women and their children.
Fujii-Oka, a victim of domestic violence, says that her art evolves on a parallel path with the healing and acceptance of the experiences. In her series, she explores the act of submission and the influences of culture and marital relations. Her pieces are infused with Chinese Joss paper, fabrics, and pictures.
Born in Berkeley and raised in the Bay Area, Fujii-Oka began painting at a young age. She graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in studio practice. Her work focuses on her spiritual and cultural identity as a Japanese American woman and artist.