Mitsu Salmon creates performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines.
She was born in Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Creating in differing media—translating one medium to another—is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages. Her work draws from familial and personal narratives and then abstracts, expands, and contradicts them. Her current project investigates botany, familial histories, colonization, and archives.
Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and her undergrad degree from NYU. She has presented work at places such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Julius Caesar, Comfort Station and internationally at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, Made Budhiana Gallery in Bali and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. She was awarded artist residencies at Tsung Yeh in Taiwan, Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, High Concept Lab, Links Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Ox-Bow.