Week 13 Artist Interview: Shihori Nakayama

Shihori Nakayama

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The description of the exhibit in the Dutzi Gallery this week was the following: “Shihori Nakayama’s MA illustration show includes pen and ink drawings and relief prints that serve as documentaries of her personal life and influences.”

I was initially drawn to this exhibit upon closer examination of the pieces in this gallery. As you can tell from the example above, the artwork that was displayed was extremely detailed and interesting to look at. These pieces are in fact, hand drawn, finished by using either print or ink. The sheer level of detail that went a number of the artworks were astounding: it is rare that I am left in awe from an art exhibit. I felt the work displayed today required great talent and finesse only shared by a very few amount of people in the world. Much of the imagery was difficult for me to interpret, however. I believe this to be the case because this particular body of work connects with the artist on a very personal level. This art exhibit shows pieces that depict places and people that are relevant to the artist’s life. She uses personal photographs for inspiration and then creates imagery from her imagination. Through art, the artist is trying to welcome people into her view of the world, and to examine details closely and then become “lost in the moment”. I felt that this was my exact reaction towards the art works. I quite enjoy it when art is fused with heavy imagery: it creates the same effect as reading an interesting story from a novel.

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