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Shima Iuchi combines her respect for and knowledge of Japanese traditions such as papermaking with the social and geographical landscape of her adopted country, Canada. She is interested in the history of people of Japanese heritage in Canada with an emphasis on British Columbia. Iuchi has researched the Japanese-Canadian community in and around Richmond, including Steveston and Finn Slough. Her work combines traditional Japanese techniques in the form of paper crafts and lanterns with photography, collected personal narratives and site-specific geographic exploration.
Shima Iuchi, a Kamloops-based artist, came to Canada in 1998 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University College of the Cariboo in 2003. Iuchi continued her studies with photography programs at the Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME and she was in the Artist Residency Program in photography at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, United States and Japan.