I am a visual artist and writer. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In January 2018, I left a career as a speechwriter and scientist in the Washington, DC area. Six months later, I moved to Eugene, Oregon to live my dream of becoming a full-time artist. In my work, I process my experiences growing up sansei, or third generation Japanese American. My work examines what it means to be Asian and American, while reclaiming my identity as a descendant of a people incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II. This body of identity work takes on new urgency in this time when we must not look away from systemic racism. My intent is to build shared understandings of the past as present and future. My hope is that these understandings in some small way help us make better choices going forward.

 

My way of working involves physicality with my materials. I engage in a process of excavating and rebuilding layers of ink drawings on paper, digging and tearing into the paper always in a back-and-forth conversation between the random and intentional. In this very physical and dynamic process, I excavate and rebuild self.

Before turning to abstraction in 2019, I was a representational artist. I began as a colored pencil artist in the early 2000's. In 2013, I transitioned to painting in oils. I was represented by New Masters Art Gallery in Rockville, Maryland, until it closed in 2017.

I live and work in Eugene, Oregon as a guest in the homeland territory of the Kalapuya.

Acknowledgements

I have had the privilege of wonderful teachers in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia region, including J.Jordan Bruns (my mentor), Glen Kessler, Gavin Glakas, Walter Bartman and others at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, Maryland, Compass Atelier in Rockville, Maryland, and The Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. I am deeply indebted to my Oregon artist friends and teachers, Christopher St. John and Mika Aono, for their generous and insightful guidance about art and life, and to ArtCity’s founder. Charly Swing. for her commitment to Eugene's art community. Many thanks to Vicki Krohn Amorose for shepherding artists like me into the world of writing about art and for introducing me to the Eugene contemporary arts scene.

EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming Shows, 2022 and beyond

Social Being, Kathleen Caprario, Sandra Honda, Mei-ling Lee, Charly Swing & Kerry Weeks, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon, January 14 - February 11, 2022.

re-member, Mika Aono & Sandra Honda, Walters Cultural Arts Center Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon, February-March, 2023

2021

2021 Artworks Northwest Biennial Exhibit, June 11-August 20, 2021. Umpqua Valley Arts Association uvarts.com, Roseburg, Oregon, juried selection 2021 (Grace Kook-Anderson, juror)

Asian Celebration Fine Art Exhibit,  May 7-July 7, 2021, 856 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon

ArtCity Studios on Broadway @ Eugene Airport, Main Terminal, October 26, 2020 - January 20, 2021
 

2020

Mayor's Art Show, juried selection 2020, City of Eugene, Oregon, August 7-September 8, 2020  (https://www.eugene-or.gov/3868/Mayors-Art-Show)

A Change of Space (online fundraiser and members show) Maude Kerns Art Center mkartscenter.org, April 13-May 15, 2020

 

2019

Emerald Print Exchange Group Show, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR, November 2019

Emerald Print Exchange Group Show, Sequoia Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon, October 2019

Plein Air Painters of Lane County Group Show, Saginaw Vineyards, Saginaw, OR, Summer 2019

                                                                                                

2018

Mixed Media & More!, Group Show, May 26-28 - Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD

Transient Moments, Group Show, April 7-27- Culture Coffee Too, 300 Riggs Rd NE, Washington, DC 20011

2017  

Interlude, 4-person show, New Masters Art Gallery, Rockville, MD

7th Annual Yellow Barn Drawing Show, Yellow Barn Gallery and Studio, Glen Echo, MD

2016

Honorable Mention, Yellow Barn Annual Holiday Members Show (juried), Glen Echo, MD, Honorable Mention Award for "Blue Nude" (2016)

Students of J.Jordan Bruns, November 5-6, 2016,  Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, Maryland

2015    

Juried Selecton "Plated," Washington ArtWorks, Rockville, Maryland

Students of Gavin Glakas, October 30-November 1, 2015, Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, Maryland

A Show of Summer, group show, Summer 2015 Compass Atelier, Rockville, Maryland

2014     

Rising Tide. Students of Glen Kessler, Washington Art Works, Rockville, Maryland

Women's Club of Potomac Art Show and Sale, Potomac, Maryland

Colored Pencil

2006     Juried Selection, "Colored Pencil," Colored Pencil Society of America, DC Chapter,
             Chestertown Art League, Chestertown, Maryland

2004     Juried Selection, "Colored Pencil Society of America, DC Chapter,"

             Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, Maryland

CRITICAL WRITING ABOUT ART

Critical MAS: Sandra Honda on "Inevitable Transitions" by Kum-Ja Lee Eugene Contemporary Art blog, August 13, 2020, http://www.eugenecontemporaryart.com/critical-mas-2020-curators-choice/

Critical MAS: Sandra Honda on Josh Sands' "Breathe, Step, Arrive." Eugene Contemporary Art blog, August 29, 2019, http://www.eugenecontemporaryart.com/critical-mas-sandra-honda-on-josh-sands-breathe-step-arrive/

JUROR EXPERIENCE

Judge, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 2021, Lake Oswego, OR

Juror, Mayor's Art Show 2021, Eugene, OR

PRESS

Matthew Denis, "Eugene Cultural Services' 2021 Visual Arts Week promises to be a creative extravaganza," The Register Guard, 2021. 

https://www.registerguard.com/story/entertainment/2021/08/05/eugene-visual-arts-week-2021/5388599001/

Sandy Brown Jensen, “Mono no aware”: Asian Celebration Storefront Art and "Discoveries" at the Karin Clarke Gallery, VizCity, KLCC (NPR affiliate station), 2021. https://www.klcc.org/post/mono-no-aware-asian-celebration-storefront-art-and-discoveries-karin-clarke-gallery