Mark Baugh-Sasaki was born and raised in San Francisco. His work explores our connection to place through human experience, memory, and reconsidering our notions of “nature” or “natural.” In recent projects he examines his personal connections to Tulelake Segregation Center, where his father was incarcerated during World War II, and the surrounding landscape. He received his BFA in 2004 from Carnegie Mellon University and his MFA in 2017 from Stanford University. Baugh-Sasaki has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has had solo exhibitions at Krowswork in Oakland, CA, and the Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. He is a former resident artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts and was a James Irvine Fellow at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. In 2016 he was awarded the Cadogan Award by The San Francisco Foundation. His work is included in public collections at the Recology Artist in Residence program, the University of San Francisco, and Summit AIR. He is currently represented by re.riddle in San Francisco. Baugh-Sasaki lives and works in San Francisco.
Mark Baugh-Sasaki combines industrial and natural materials to create fantastical objects and experiences. Between Memory and Landscape, 1105-D takes the form of a single-family barrack used in World War II Japanese internment camps. For the piece, Baugh-Sasaki conducted research at the Tulelake Segregation Center, where his father and his family were imprisoned during the war.
The barrack is a visual container for Baugh-Sasaki’s family history. It questions how we count our communities in times of warfare, and how those histories live on within future generations.