I don’t believe in ‘things’. I’m against the ritualization and mythology that surround art objects and luxury goods alike, and by this I mean that I’m critical of the substructure of taste on which all ‘things of good quality’ are based. My practice focuses on the exchange of social, economic and cultural capital within art, and explores alternative metrics of value that are based on generosity rather than scarcity. I frequently work with edible materials, and encourage audience engagement through touch and gustatory consumption.
Cecilia Masuko Iwata was born May 1992 in Seattle, WA. In 2000, at the age of 7, she was told by Robin Sadinsky's mom that she was good at drawing. "Look," said Robin Sadinsky's mom in a low voice, "I'm supposed to tell all the kids that their drawings are good, but yours is actually good." Equipped with a profound sense of confidence, Iwata began drawing and painting prolifically.
In 2010, Iwata was admitted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, at which point her idea of "good" shifted to accommodate the institution.
In 2013, she started to realize that nobody knows anything, but that some people are better than others at pretending they do.