Yoshi Nakagawa was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her parents are from Kyoto and Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. She pulled her first print at the University of Puget Sound in 1999 and continued with printmaking in Seattle (2002-2010). She has lived in Oaxaca, Mexico since 2011. Her artwork is influenced by patterns of the natural world and Japanese textiles, along with her immigrant life experiences in Mexico and Japan (1999-2001). She has exhibited and taught workshops in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Africa and Honduras.
There is great beauty and simplicity in our everyday lives: the respect for working by hand, finding enlightenment in something very repetitive, a childhood memory that resolves the present moment. This is what catches my imagination and propels me towards printmaking. Day-to-day objects and occurrences become metaphors to share my appreciation and convey human experience. My attention to details, textures, and patterns of the natural world inspire me to create. I use relief, etching, monotype, and mixed media, reveling in the methodical processes and acknowledging the gratification I feel when my work goes through the press.