Kato’s begins with an abstract concept or notion and uses her sculpture to give form to this visual poetry. She approaches art-making with an intention to visualize the invisible order/dynamism of nature and the universe. The material she chooses is often a tool of metaphor used to support the conceptual goal of a sculpture. Kato’s rice straw sculptures not only reference her Japanese heritage, but represent for her the potential of energy to surge from the earth, as well as its ability to sustain life, and her pieces made of eggshells elicit a visceral response from the viewer before their intellect begins to process the experience. Other examples of her work, which combine animal head & plant-like forms, are her examinations of the order throughout nature, yet showing a side of its experimental and exploration quest.