Gayle Tanaka’s work explores the surfaces and interiors of her family history of immigration and assimilation, through the digital manipulation of portraiture, symbology and found media. Illuminated boxes and transparencies, family portraits, and digital self-portraits draw from her Japanese heritage, blended and bent to reflect the force of culture and the effect of time. All is fleeting. The permanence of change is acknowledged by the presentation of informed moments of stasis.
Gayle Tanaka was born in Chicago, Illinois. She received a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Hawaii and an M.F.A. in printmaking from San Francisco State University. Tanaka has exhibited nationally, including shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and the Center for Photography in New York. She currently has a studio at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, New York.