In distinction from the material world

Shihori Yamaoto’s work explores the complexity of human emotions through the fragile, yet remarkably beautiful, moments found in daily life. From delightful laughter to dreadful sorrows, her meditative work transcends verbal constraints, poetically asking viewers to share and embrace the graceful simplicity of their emotional experiences. Her work distances the audience from everyday aggressions and confusions, instead focusing on the universality of the human condition. As if a diary, Yamamoto’s Bloom series documents the artist’s relationship with her surroundings over time. Using intricate brush strokes reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy, her compositions of flowers, branches, blood vessels, synapses, and scars attempt to convey the potential of direct communication without the use of words.

Image: Shihori Yamamoto, Bloom (04/26/2019, Spring Insomnia), 2019, ink on paper, 30 in. x 22 in. 

Artists Alliance Inc. is 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos Gallery is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Cuchifritos Gallery programming is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.

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