Artist Statement

I draw from my heritage as a third-generation Japanese American, traveler and explorer of diverse geographies, cultures and histories. My work begins by looking and listening. I have been entrusted with countless stories about the challenges and triumphs of ordinary people and the wisdom that sustains them through hard times. I respond from the heart with whatever creative means are at hand, blurring boundaries between photography, painting, found objects, poetry and prose.

Artist Bio

Shizue Seigel is a San Francisco visual artist, photographer, cartographer and writer who explores complex intersections of history, place, culture and spirituality. Because of my extraordinary access to many different worlds, my work is based on experience, rather than theory. My work explores diversity, place and connection and invites the audience to become thoughtful and informed change-agents in a world in flux.


Solo exhibits of art and photography include “Ephemeral Allure; Eternal Struggle“ at UC Santa Barbara Women's Center, 2012; “Laramie: Myths and Realities,“ Thoreau Center for Sustainability; and “Double Vision: A Celebration of Hybridity,” UC Santa Barbara Multicultural Center. She has also also exhibited with Asian American Women Artists Association, Kearny Street Workshop, Women’s Caucus for Art, SOMArts Dia de la Muertos, and California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco; and at the Women Made Gallery, Chicago; JFK University, Berkeley; University of Wyoming Art Museum, Kinsey Institute, and other venues. She has written two books: “In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment“ and “The Century of Change: Memoirs of Nellie Nakamura” edited a third: “Distillations: Meditations on the Japanese American Experience by Four Sansei Artists,” and served as cartographer for Rebecca Solnit’s prize-winning atlases, “Infinite City: a San Francisco Atlas,” and “Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas.” Her poetry and prose have been published in several anthologies, and she is an accomplished public speaker. Her papers are collected at UC Santa Barbara’s California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA). She serves on the advisory board of the Asian American Women Artists Association and Bay Area Society for Arts and Activism.


  • Literature
  • Mixed Media
  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • East Asian
  • Design
  • Digital
  • Figurative
  • Illustration
  • Landscape
  • Narrative
  • Non-fiction
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Poetry