Yumiko Kayukawa - Japanese Wolf
This monograph presents new work by prolific artist Yumiko Kayukawa, hailing from the small rural town of Naie in Hokkaido, Japan. The love of nature instilled in her from a young age is combined with contemporary influences such as manga, kawaii, and American pop culture films, music, and fashion. The pieces are culled from her work of the last six years, after a move to Seattle in 2005. These large scale paintings are fantastical in subject matter and always include a human woman and surrounding animals, seemingly expressing Yumikos inner worlds. Imagery of blue sequined mermaids, alligators, lotus blossoms, geishas, peacocks, egrets, flying squirrels, ninjas, and veiled dragons parade into the foreground or recede into the background, supporting elements in constant interaction with the solitary human figure. Panes of flat color and criss crossing patterns form dynamic movement across each piece, an open invitation for us to enter Yumikos complex and expressionistic world.