About the Artist
Darrell Matsumoto, born in Hilo, Hawaii, is widely acclaimed and exhibited, and is in such collections as the RISD Museum of Art, William Benton Museum of Art, Franklin Furnace Archive at MoMA, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Light Work, En Foco Collection, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned his BFA in Art from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently the Director of Art Programs and Gallery at Anna Maria College, after spending over a decade teaching at Chester College of New England, serving as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography, Media Arts & Design. He has also taught at Rhode Island School of Design, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Roger Williams University, Hamilton College and University of Vermont.
Research / Intuition / Patience As an artist I am an observer – maker. Sometimes I begin with a concept, an idea. Sometimes I begin with an object, found, bought, or received. Sometimes I begin with a word, a phrase, a recollection, or a story. Wherever one begins – the idea, the object, or words – they find their place in the work. It is imperative that as a practicing artist, I am in constant research mode, I am always reading, looking, observing. Another critical aspect is to cultivate your intuition. How do you grow your process? You must be in a constant state of making. The third, perhaps the most important is patience.
I attempt to make work that can engage and seduce, to report, to explicate. Making work that engages the viewer on multiple levels is critical to me. I am interested in making metaphors. I admire the elegance of haiku, however I am drawn to opera. If it were possible the synthesis of haiku and opera is the work I aspire to make.