Week 13 // Artist Interview – SHIHORI NAKAYAM

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This week I had the privilege to speak to an amazing artist, Shihori Nakayam.

Her gallery was dubbed “Recapturing the Moment” and why she named it that was because every piece in her gallery was inspired by keen memories that she just remembers. If you see her artwork, there are no patterns to her pieces as a whole, but her style and flavor is engraved in each piece. When asking her what her motivation and inspiration to creating her work was was that she just remembers images of her daily life where she then begins to draw with her pen and ink. I absolutely love her style of work, it’s so intricate while so simplistic. Even though the two describing words are contradicting, to met it describes her work perfectly. When you see step back and see the art as a whole, you notice beautiful lines and a great picture, but the moment you step forward and notice the details… you see something new and amazing.

Another style that she adopted apart from pen and ink was this art style of layering papers over each other with different foundations. Those artworks were done in pastel colors that really made the art soft and beautiful to look at.

I absolutely loved her artwork and what she does, I really hope that she continues to be inspired and for her career to only advance. I wish her and best and am once again so thankful for the opportunity to meet her.

Week 7 // Artist Interview – Paradox

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Artist Names : Clare Samani, Dana Bilmer, Emma Hankin, and Nancy Young

Clare Samani was the artist that was there during our time for our interview. Her explanation of what she wanted to do with her Print Making was that she wanted it to contradict the different kinds of print making. Set apart from the normality of what print making was made to be like. She explained how her pieces was designed to be set apart and that on normal she would spend about 8 hours finishing one of her artworks.

Her dedication for her work and the amount of effort that goes in can definitely show with the outcome of her pieces, and I personally thoroughly enjoyed looking at her artworks. In particular, I really enjoyed her black and white photos that she has created. I really love the contrast of the dark and light colorways that she implemented in her piece. She mentioned that a lot of the artwork had tons of meanings and also could symbolize for something.

Coming away from that gallery, I’ve come to appreciate now another art form that I haven’t been introduced to yet. Plus with how diverse the different types of paint making there are such as Lithography, Etching, Screenprinting, and Woodcut, comes to show that there can never be similar artworks in paint making. It’s all about experimenting and hopefully enjoying the end product.