Artist Statement

I'm interested in visual culture as dynamic process: how people are represented, how it shapes public perception, and in turn, the impact it has on individual subjective experience. It's empowering to approach art as a process of cultural production: I'm participating in creating the culture we live in, and insofar as meaning is a function of cultural context, in my own small way through my art, I can create social change. By combining poignant narrative with unexpected humor and latent stereotype, I shine light on the absurdity otherwise hidden behind the apparent naturalness of a social conditioning heavily determined by structures of dominance. My work is in part about creating space from the margins in the mainstream, creating space in the culture—whether it be that of family, civic community or corporate media—for all of us to be just as we are, rather than how the dominant culture tells us to be.


Scott Tsuchitani is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in San Francisco. His art has been shown in galleries, museums, and universities in eight states and locally at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Meridian Gallery, Asian Art Museum and de Young Museum. His socially engaged interventions have been recognized by scholars from a range of disciplines around the United States, and have demonstrated impact on academic discourse on four continents. Prior to becoming a visual artist, Tsuchitani worked in documentary film on international productions and alongside Academy Award-winning filmmakers. His own documentary, Meeting at Tule Lake, aired on regional PBS television, national public access, and at film festivals in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. He also co-authored two patents during a previous career as an engineer in the medical device industry. Tsuchitani holds masters degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and San Diego, and a bachelors from Berkeley as well, all of them in engineering. He received his formal art education at City College of San Francisco.

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