Shihori Yamamoto

Residency: December 2019 through January 2020

Shihori Yamamoto (b. 1988) is a Japanese artist based in New York.  Yamamoto utilizes her background in architecture to create large site-specific installations and intricate drawings. Her work deeply relates to her daily experiences with her life-long mental illness. She creates artworks for therapy and repeats tasks such as drawing lines and stitching rags. Her work explores nonverbal communication and challenges simplifying complex human emotions. Her work also expresses the artist’s obsession with warm colors, which have protected her from insecurity since early childhood.

Yamamoto received her MFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and BA in Architecture from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Yamamoto’s works have been exhibited internationally in the United States, Japan and Germany. Her honors and residencies include Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation Grant, Pola Art Foundation Grant, Residency Unlimited, NARS Foundation Artist Residency, New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Mentor Program, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Residency, Vermont Studio Center Residency, and Ito Foundation Scholarship.

Image: Bloom (07/18/2019, Leave A Message After The Beep), 2019, Ink on Paper, 34inx43in

The LES Studio Program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and 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.