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    The Other Side 1

    2005
    Sumi ink on layered Tetron fabric and wood
    119  x 93  x 9 1/2 in.
    2015.005
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    The Other Side 1, 2005
    Asami Yoshiga
    Sumi ink on layered Tetron fabric and wood
    119  x 93  x 9 1/2 in.
    Gift of the artist and Dillon Gallery, New York 2015.005

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    Painter Asami Yoshiga subtly merges contemporary and ancient techniques in her work The Other Side 1. Instead of painting on paper or silk, Yoshiga chose a translucent, synthetic blend of polyester and rayon. This material allows light to diffuse through the double-sided painting. Yoshiga’s pigments, however, are derived from such natural materials as minerals, corals, seashells, and soot. She layers colors and uses a brush to delicately blur the edges of her forms so that trees, grass, shadows, and sunlight seep into one another. The unpainted central area of the hybrid painting/sculpture offers a human-scale expanse in which to imagine oneself or appear to others—a silhouette through the diaphanous painting.

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