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Local Artist Keia Kodama is Redefining Sculpture Art in Sacramento

July 9th, 2024

As we approach July’s Second Saturday, we are thrilled to feature an exclusive interview with the remarkable local artist, Keia Kodama. Known for her dynamic multidisciplinary approach, Keia is not just sculpting art but also reshaping the narrative around street culture, style, and design. In this interview, Keia shares insights into her artistic journey, her connection with Sacramento, and the powerful stories behind her creations.

Q: Can you share a bit about your background and what initially drew you to pursue art as a passion or career?

A: My background is in visual production and fashion, with a strong focus on street style and sneaker culture. This passion naturally evolved into creating art, as I found inspiration in the vibrant and expressive elements of these worlds. They offered a unique lens through which I could tell stories and explore culture.

Q: How did you first get involved with Second Saturday, and what does it mean to you as a local artist?

A: I first got involved with Second Saturday when I was invited to create a small installation and contribute a piece for an auction event. This opportunity means a lot to me because having support from an organization like Midtown Association makes me feel seen and appreciated as a local artist.

Q: How would you describe your artistic style and what sets your work apart from other artists?

A: I am dynamic multidisciplinary artist, specializing in sculpture and immersive installations. My work contributes to a more diverse and inclusive artistic landscape through powerful storytelling. I hope that I am creating a compelling body of work exploring the intersections of street culture, style, and design, transforming negative connotations into art that celebrates Black culture. Because my love for sneakers it allowed me to be in a lane that is seldom used and be seen as not just street art but the potential of fine art as well.

Q: How has living or working in Sacramento influenced your artistic style?

A: Living and working in Sacramento has inspired me to create the art I wanted to see, both for myself and for the city. It has driven me to fill the gaps and bring new perspectives to the local artistic landscape.

Q: What are some of your aspirations or goals as an artist, both in terms of your personal growth and the impact you hope to make through your art?

A: My main aspiration as an artist is to keep creating in any capacity. With each project, I aim to craft something sentimental, nostalgic, and cool—art that people can experience and that sparks meaningful conversations and education.

Q: How does participating in events like Second Saturday allow you to connect with your audience or community in ways that are unique compared to other platforms or venues?

A: Second Saturday brings together a diverse and vibrant community eager to experience culture. Participating in this event provides visibility to people who might not otherwise encounter my work, allowing me to connect with a broader audience in a unique and meaningful way.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to mention?

A: To see more of my work, please check out my socials @keiakodama.

From her beginnings in visual production and fashion to her unique contributions to Second Saturday, Keia’s passion for art and dedication to representing diverse perspectives shine through. Her journey and insights remind us of the importance of supporting local artists and celebrating the rich tapestry of creativity within our city.

To learn more about Second Saturday and discover more incredible artists like Keia Kodama, visit Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the best of Sacramento’s art, culture, and community!