Miki Nishida Goerdt
Many of Miki’s images are related to emotions or her exploration to understand herself, others, and life experiences. She found oil painting as an avenue of self-expression when she was 16 years old and never stopped artmaking since then. In recent years, she has expanded her artistic expression to printmaking and mixed media. Her artmaking reflects her social work background, psychological concepts and emotions, social justice issues, racial/ethnic/gender/cultural identities, and her reflections on interactions with others.Life experiences and events often do not make sense right away. This was especially true for Miki as she moved to America after high school, away from her home country of Japan. Art has helped her to process and extract meanings out of her lived experiences as an immigrant and a woman of color. Art also has been a method for her to contemplate how to make space for difficult feelings, joy and losses in life, and alternative viewpoints. Throughout her life, art has been the tool for her to make sense out of experiences in life and in the society. Miki is a board-certified art therapist in addition to being an artist. This means she helps people to learn more about themselves through art making. Art therapy is about healing what hurts, cultivating self-awareness, and growing yourself through creative expression.