October 13–November 7, 2010
A Japanese printmaker, installation artist, and designer, Ayomi Yoshida was born into a dynasty of famous printmakers that for more than a century has wedded traditional and modern artistic practices. Yoshida began as a conventional printmaker and much of her early work in series explored nature’s textures and how individual marks can make up a pattern that is greater than the sum of its parts. These two elements have carried through her mature installation work where she deconstructs woodblock printing by using the individual discarded wood chips to create large-scale environments and where she applies thousands of tiny woodblock prints of cherry blossoms to gallery walls.
The installation Reverberation combined both digital and traditional woodblock techniques. It took 2 ½ weeks to complete and required the help of thirteen Japanese assistants. The time-intensive process can be viewed on Yoshida’s weblog: ayomi-mcad.blogspot.com. As with much of Yoshida’s work, the multiple worlds she creates has offered a quiet meditation on the transience of life and the awesome challenge of appreciating and caring for the world around us.
Yoshida received her BFA from Wako University in Tokyo and has exhibited her work internationally since the late 1980s. Her work is in the permanent collection of Target and 3M Corporations, as well as many prestigious public institutions, including the British Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where she and her family were spotlighted in the 2002 exhibition Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists.
The exhibition at MCAD Gallery was hosted in conjunction with the 2010 Mid America Print Council conference “New World/Old World,” held at the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
All images courtesy of Rik Sferra.