Makiko Harris is a Hapa-American born in the Netherlands. She spent her early childhood in Boston and Tokyo, and eventually her family settled in Sonoma, California. She received her B.A. in Feminist Philosophy and Studio Art from Tufts University in 2011, and continues to study painting at the California College of Art. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.
Makiko’s artwork takes a critical view of social and cultural issues in gender identity / feminism, consumerism, and the medical industries. Using material to lend meaning to the work, she explores how everyday objects looked at through the lens of fine art can symbolize much larger cultural concepts. The goal is to provoke the viewer into reconsidering a concept they may have taken for granted and bringing to light potentially dark undercurrents of the status quo.