AD 130 | Yumi Sakugawa x JDH
“A Polymath’s Approach To Creativity, Balance, And Meditation”

YUMI SAKUGAWA is an Ignatz Awards nominated comic book artist and the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU and YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE. Her comics have also appeared in The Believer, Bitch, the Best American Non­Required Reading 2014, The Rumpus, Folio, Fjords Review, and other publications. She has also exhibited multimedia installations at the Japanese American National Museum and the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she lives in Los Angeles.

Show Notes: 
  • Drawing, writing, meditation, performance art, and engagement in multiple creative disciplines as an artistic practice and career.
  • Being an extroverted introvert or an “ambivert”.
  • Growing up as an Asian American student in both American and Japanese academic systems.
  • Stream of consciousness and dream logic.
  • Using meditation to supplement her mental health.
  • How her meditation surfaces in her work visually.
  • Rediscovering “fun” in the creative process.
  • Using humor as a vehicle to explore and express darker subject matter.
  • The importance of being a female Asian American artist under the projective narratives of both American and Asian patriarchy. 
  • The fetishization of Asian American artists and women.
  • Her part in helping other Asian American woman artists achieve visibility.
  • Mental health, personal boundaries, and keeping a balance in her personal relationships and art practice.
  • Giving herself permission to take the time needed to slow down in order to be creative.

Posted 09.25.2019


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino