Mari is an artist located in Seattle, Washington who works in painting, drawing and stop-motion animation.  She was born in Tokyo, and raised in Chiba, Japan. Soon after moving to Seattle in 2009, she started creating zines and drawings to show at local venues and markets. 

Bringing an indivisual to life courteously. Collecting and connecting to orchestrate an art piece is Mari's unique style of expression. Often she feels that creating art is like growing a forest. One of her current main projects is a stop motion animated film titled “Sanpomichi.” The story is inspired by and based on her grandmother and aunt who lived together for decades in Tokyo.


Playing music with friends is her happiness. She occasionally shreds guitar in the band “Poop Attack!” and plays fiddle in “Rats in the Grass”. She also adores singing songs along with her daughter.

Mari feels the most at peace when she is in nature. She releases her work on an art label called "Little Oze". It is named after her favorite national park "Oze" in Japan where she experienced a "Deep soul cleansing" by the virgin old growth Birch tree forest. 

AWARD  Artist Trust Fellowship 2014

Photo by Olli Tumelius

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