About - Junco Sato Pollack
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Artist Statement

I am a maker of fine art textiles. I established Junco Sato Pollack Art Textiles in 1980. I have professionally engaged in fine art textiles for over thirty years. My art is permanently installed as an accent to architectural elements in corporate offices, public spaces, and on walls in private residences. I have exhibited over time in museums and galleries in over 30 cities in 13 countries in the world.


My spiritual practices go back over twenty years. I have since 2002 closely woven these two aspects of my life into seamless everyday life/studio activities. Such practices as sutra chanting, meditation, gardening, and internalized yoga and qigong were integrated with the repetitive processes of textile making, further cultivating deep knowing connecting mental and physical, – ie. Eastern stillness and Western kinetic energy. This resulted in the recent series of artworks that express various states of conscious awareness which were exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts in a Solo Exhibition entitled, Meditation in Space and Time: Junco Sato Pollack 2002-2012. I combined handwork with such modern technology as digital imaging, heat-compression, and heat-transfer printing (known as dye-sublimation), using an industrial machine to create art textile works exploring the Buddha’s mind. (ie, kesa, monks’ robes, sutra hangings, mandalas, etc.) I approach creation as contemporary art reflecting the state of the art and spirit of the time, accepting chance composition and markings, leading to the subtle refinements and pure abstract expression.


Such Eastern philosophical traditions as Buddhism, Zen, Tantric Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Jainism, Vedanta, and Western religions including Christianity, as well as the American New England spiritual tradition of Emerson and others, all honor, one way or another, the practice of meditative, silent contemplation as a way of experiencing “knowing intuitively.” Meditators also practice the creative outlet by artistically painting or stitching “mandala”, “tantra”, or “yantra” representing and embodying meditative, complex spiritual practices with the intention to clarify the awareness. It is considered a teaching tool to use images depicting the state of ideal, complete, inner Self and outer Universe.


Concentration on or creating essential visual image of focus stimulates mental and spiritual experiences. In Zen practice, for instance, art begins in calligraphy, and painting is an extension of brush-marks. Engaging in immersed action, leading to the purification of awareness has also the therapeutic effect, as documented by Carl Jung in the West.


As a textile artist, I have taken a reductionist approach to the meditation, applied on fabrics, -in this case making abstract marks of folds and stitching, one stitch at a time. The potential benefit was to be entirely in the open-heart and chance aspect of intuitive marking. I kept my mind free and open from a commitment to the final outcome and accepted the works as they developed in the presence of the moment. This being said, however, I am pleased to see the resulting works all speak of focused soul energy and transcendence of consciousness through time.

Artist Bio

Junco Sato Pollack (MFA, Textile Design, Rochester Institute of Technology 1991) is an artist and retired Associate Professor of Textiles at the E. G. Welch School of Art and Design of Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, where she served 1992 – 2012. Native of Japan, and having lived in the United States for over 30 years, Pollack creates Zen-inspired meditative, abstract art textile works, fusing the Eastern aesthetics and sensibility with the kinetic energy of the West, and incorporating chance composition. Junco’s works are installed as architectural accents in atriums, hotels, corporate offices, and private residences in the USA and abroad. Her works are housed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York, the Francis Loeb Library Materials Collection of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Wallace Library Collection of RIT, Rochester, New, York, and are included in numerous corporate and private collections around the globe. Her works are exhibited internationally in 30 cities in 13 countries around the globe in the past 20 years.


Since 2002, she lives and works in Studio Muso-an that she built, in a small village by a Lake, in North Georgia, USA, -a passive solar home made of Stone Mountain granite and Georgia yellow cypress surrounded by American cedar trees and native plants that bloom year round.

Artist CV

Art Textiles
67 Whetrock Ln, Lakemont, GA 30552
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M.F.A., Textile Design, School for American Crafts, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, studied with Marie Ann Quette, French Decorative Arts, Paris, France
Kyoto Fiber Polytechnic University, studied sericulture, reeling process, spinning, and weaving of silk, Kyoto, Japan
1979-80 & 1974-75
Post Bach Laureate Study and Apprenticeship, Tsuguo Odani, folk artist, master silk weaver, and Professor of Textiles, Seian Women’s University, Kyoto, Japan
B. A. English Linguistics and Literature, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
Associate Professor of Textiles, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, College of Arts and Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Assistant Professor of Textile, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, College of Arts and Science s, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
GSU CENCIA Grant, the Spirited CalligraphyTexts, Marks, Meanings, EAST and WEST Exhibition and Symposium
Japan Foundation, New York Cultural Event Small Grant, the Spirited Calligraphy: Texts, Marks, and Meanings, EAST and WEST Exhibition and Symposium
Fulton County Arts Council Grant, the Spirited Calligraphy: Texts, Marks, and Meanings, EAST and WEST Exhibition and Symposium
Ernest G. Welch School of art and Design Faculty Summer Research Grant, “Glass Research in Munich, Germany”
Who’s Who in Asian American Communities in Georgia, WWAAC 2006, Atlanta, GA
GSU Research Initiation Grant, “PointCarrée Program training and Upgrade”
Finalist, the 11th International Lace Biennial Competition and Exhibition, Brussels, Belgium
21st Century Award for Achievement and International Man of the Year nomination selected from the 27 Who’s Who titles, InternationalBiographical Center Publications, International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England
Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century Honors List, -Gold Star Award, International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England
International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Woman, -Gold Record of Achievement for the Year 2000-, American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, NC
Furthermore Fellowship, Artist Publication Grant
Outstanding Achievement and Recognition, Finalist in The International Textile Design Contest 1994, Tokyo, Japan
Art work and kudzu fibers, the Francis Loeb Library Materials Collection, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Art work, “CASCADE #2 –triptych-“ the permanent collection of Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY.
Art work, “ORIGAMI #3” the permanent collection of Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY.
Art work, “Vessel Series –Nautilus-” the permanent archives of Arimatsu Shibori Kaikan Museum, Arimatsu, Japan.
Art work, “Scroll Study –diptych-“ the Wallace Memorial Library Permanent Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.
Mr. M. J. Andrecheck, Atlanta, GA: Mr. and Mrs. S. Allen, Atlanta, GA; Ms. M. Lambert, Atlanta
Choen-ji Temple, Sakata, Japan; Mr. Sogen Hirano, Tokyo Japan; Dr. and Dr. Kim Jong-Bae, Seoul, Korea; Private Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; Georgia Conservancy, Atlanta, GA; Pinnacol Assuarance Headquarter, Scottsdale, AZ;
UPS Corporation, Atlanta, GA; Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, Atlanta, GA; King and Spaulding, Atlanta, GA; Hotel Mandarin Miami, Miami, FL;
Arimatsu Shibori Museum Archive, Arimatsu, Japan; University of Rochester Faculty Club, River Campus, Rochester, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology, Wallace Memorial Library, Rochester, NY; Georgia Tech Conference Center and Hotel, Atlanta, GA; Long House, South Hampton, NY; and numerous private homes.
Meditation in Space Time: Art Textiles by JuncoSato Pollack, Moon Gallery, Berry College, Rome, GA
Meditation In Space And Time: Textiles by Junco Sato Pollack, Swan Coach House Gallery, MariAnne Lambert, Curator, Atlanta, GA
Kinhin Series: Junco Sato Pollack, Stitch-by-Stitch Mandalas, Atlanta Soto Zen Center, Atlanta, GA
Meditation in Space/Time Junco Sato Pollack, Sutra Hanging and Stitched Mandala, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
Contemplation on Space / Time: Textile Work by Junco Sato Pollack, the 2nd and the 7th Gallery, the Middle Collegiate Church, New York, NY
KUSOKUZESHIKI SHIKISOKUZEKU: Junco Sato Pollack Art Textile Installation. Lobby Showcase, Consulate General of Japan, Atlanta, GA
KUSOKUZESHIKI SHIKISOKUZEKU: Contemplative Textiles by Junco Sato Pollack, Gallery Art Life Mitsuhashi, Kyoto, Japan
A New Aesthetic: Reflective Fabric Sculpture by Junco Sato Pollack and Junichi Arai, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Junco Sato Pollack and Barbara Lee, Source Fine Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Folds, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Reflections / Visions: Glen Kaufman and Junco Sato Pollack, GSU Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Junco Sato Pollack, New Works, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Junco Sato Pollack, ART Vivant, Charlotte, NC
Junco Sato Pollack, Recent Work, Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Small Things Mean A Lot, Swan Coach House Gallery, MariAnne Lambert, Curator, Atlanta, GA
MOCA GA Gathered: Artists Select Artist, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA
Flight Patterns, Davis Moye, curator, E G Welch School Art Gallery, GSU, Atlanta, GA
Hambidge Center Fall Art Door Exhibit, Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA
MOCA GA Auction, Atlanta, GA
Tradition and Innovation: Exhibition of Works by South East Fiber Educators, Georgia Heritage Center, Guinet, GA
Flight Patterns, Airport Art Program of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, David Vogt and Katherine Dirga, managers, Davis-Moye Associates, curator, Atlanta, GA
Nijiiro Exhibition: From Calamity to the Creativity, Commemorating the Japan Earth Quake, Galleria Ovo, Naples, Italy
Repetition and Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber, Sonya Yong James, curator, Fowler Gallery, Hudgents Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
Beauty of All things: Japanese Art and Design from the Permanent Collection, MAD, New York, NY
Spirited Calligraphy, Pusan Biennial 2011, Kim, Juwhe, curator, Pusan Metropolitan Art Center, Pusan, Korea
Spirited Calligraphy: Texts, Marks, and Meanings, EAST and WEST, Junco Sato Pollack, Curator, Welch School of Art and Design Gallery at GSU, Atlanta, GA
Seamless: Textiles works of Four Atlanta Artists, One Twelve Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Demain, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, international, invitational mixed media exhibition, Le Centre Design & Impression Textile, Montreal, Quebeque, Canada
Spirited Calligraphy International Invitational Exhibition, Kim Juewhe, curator/editor, National Calligraphy Museum, Seoul, Korea
Ancient Philosophy / Contemporary Art, international invitational mixed media exhibition, Kim Juewhe, curator/editor, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Shibori: Textiles in Nature, invitational and juried DVD Presentation, the 7th ISS France, Musée du quai Branli, Paris, France
IN AIR: 34 degrees 52’25.35″N, 83 degrees 23’52.83″W. Invitational mixed media exhibition, Globe Gallery, Clayton, GA
Kuanos Art Biennial Textile 05, curator Jon Riis, Keiko Kawashima, and Silja Puranen, M. Zilinskas Art Gallery and Kaunas Picture Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuaine
The 11th International Lace Biennial: Contemporary Art, competition and traveling exhibition, 12-member international jurors, Spitzeim Textil Museum, Max Berk,
The 11th International Lace Biennial: Contemporary Art, competition and exhibition, 12-member international jurors, Espace Roi Baudouin au Sein du Palais des Académies, Brussels, Belgium
Art Contemporain, Soie et Fil Fin, Salon International de L’Ambulement, Manza, Italy and Musée Guimet, Lyon, France
International Textile Competition, Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan.
Fiber R/Evolution, Milwaukee Art Museum and University Art Museum of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Anne Lee and E. A. Rooney, Artistry In Fiber, Vol 1, Wall Art, Junco Sato Pollack, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, PA, pp. 144-5
2017 Wall Art: Artistry in Fiber, Vol 1: Wall Art, Ann Lee and E Ashely Rooney, editors, Shiffer Publication 2017
Nijiiro Exhibition: From Calamity to the Creativity, Comemorating the Japan Earth Quake, Galleria Ovo, Naples, Italy, Catalog, Hipposha, Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, Korea, p. 70
Junco Sato Pollack, “Spirited Calligraphy Exhibition and Symposium, Atlanta, USA,” Nihon Shoho, Japan Calligraphy Journal, vol. 16, 2011, pp. 126-9
Spirited Calligraphy Exhibition Catalog CD/DVD, Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, Junco Sato Pollack, editor, Welch School of Art and Design
Spirited Calligraphy: Asian Calligraphy and Contemporary Art: China, Japan, Korea, and USA, Exhibition catalog, Kim Juewhe, editor, Hipposha, Tokyo 2009, pp. 280-281
Ancient Philosophy / Contemporary Art: Asian Calligraphy and Contemporary Art: Asian Artists from China, Japan, Korea, and the United States,”exhibition Catalog, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, Hipposha, Tokyo, 2008, pp. 84-87
5th International Kaunas Art Biennial: Textile 05, exhibition catalog, M Zilinkas Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 2005
International Shibori Symposium and Exhibitions Program Report, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan, Shibori Network 2005
Technology as Catalyst: Textile Artists on the Cutting Edge, exhibition catalog, The Textile Museum, Washington D. C., February 2002, Rebecca Stevens, consulting curator.
Defining Craft: Collecting for the Millennium, New Works from the Permanent Collection of American Craft Museum, exhibition catalog, David McFadden, curator. American Craft Museum, New York, NY, p. 89.