ART NET NEWS – What happens when you lose control? For many individuals, such a situation can be anxiety-inducing, to say the least. For the Japanese-born, New York-based artist Aki Sasamoto, losing control meant an opportunity to create art, effectively taking back the reins on the aspects of her life she had agency over. In an exclusive interview filmed as part of Art21’s exclusive series New York Close Up, Sasamoto explained how an unexpected medical diagnosis, followed by a surprise pregnancy, threw her world into a tailspin, and resulted in experiences she mined for new work. Long-fascinated with bar culture and drinking, Sasamoto’s health required her to abstain from alcohol.
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