Priscilla Otani is a San Francisco-based artist whose mixed media works explore the myths, taboos and histories of her Japanese birthplace and her naturalized American culture. As an interdisciplinary artist, she uses readily accessible materials to create visually-striking installations that compel the viewer to examine polarizing issues such as politics, abortion, immigration, and racial prejudice. In her painted works, paper is combined with canvas and acrylics to create texture. Collages are created from scraps and Japanese papers. Three-dimensional and installation pieces are made with fiber, paper from funeral stores and objects harvested from recycle centers. Otani is the President of the Board of Northern California Women's Caucus for Art and together with partners Matthew Frederick, Stephen Wagner and Michael Yochum, founded Arc Studios & Gallery in 2009.