Mia Reiko Braverman


Mia Reiko Braverman (she/her/hers) is a paper and installation artist. Her practice explores our human experience as told by the paper pieces we give, receive and accumulate to tell our stories and find one another.

Her current and ongoing interactive installation “What is a reason you get up in the morning?” has been presented in galleries, libraries and cafes in Japan, Hawaii and Portland since 2007. What is a reason investigates our ever-changing motivations to get up and brave the day ahead. At each exhibition viewers are asked to answer the tiled question on small cards which then become part of the collection which has grown to over 2,000 cards and counting.

Mia is from Kauai, Hawaii but has also called Los Angeles, the Bay Area and the Kochi Prefecture of Japan home. She currently resides in North Portland where she continues her work as an artist and arts administrator for a local nonprofit.


What will you be presenting on? Sometimes it is the simplest food that warm us most on the tiredest night. I want to share my favorite simple pleasure, Mushroom Meatball Miso Soup, a recipe passed on to me by my mom, Kiyo. It carries a special connection to my mixed race heritage and my deep appreciation for the aesthetic of subtle and unassuming flavors.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Clean dishes as you cook. Never leave it all for the end. I don’t always follow this rule but when I do my post dinner self is always very grateful.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Tenzaru Soba (tempura and cold soba noodles).

Favorite food: Soba noodles.

Recommended reading: Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

Best meals: Kiyo’s cooking (my ma). She is my inspiration for many things.

Food you’d like to try: I’d like to travel to Thailand and eat all the curries.