INVITATIONAL

 

December 22nd, 2015 - January 9th, 2016 

 

Noho and M55 Art Gallery, New York in Chelsea, New York

 

 

 


Noho-M55 Art Gallery in Chelsea New York

July 8-19, 2014

Reception, Thursday, July 10, 6–8 pm

 

 

Mixing Media

Works in paint, paper, fiber and steel by Noho-M55 artists

 

 

Arlene Baker, John Beardman, Ines Fagalde, Elaine Forrest, Jessica Fromm, Karen Gentile, Marilyn Henrion, Anowar Hossain, Malka Inbal, Jiwan Joo, Deborah Kriger, Alexis Kuhr, Daniele Marin, Alfred Martinez, Eileen Mislove, Pat Feeney Murrell, Dino Pazzanese, Virginia Pierrepont, Richard Pitts, Ed Rath, Nicolette Reim, Judy Russel, Joyce Silver, Shiho, Emily Stedman, Margaret Sparrow, Margaret Vickers, Martine Villandre, Anthea Zito 

 

Noho Gallery and M55 Art gallery / 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, New York 10001

(Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 6PM)

 

 *Located in the heart of the Chelsea Fine Art District. The gallery is easily accessible from the C and E trains.

Get off at the 23rd street stop, exit at the 25th street exit, and walk 2 1/2 blocks west towards 11th Ave.

Noho Gallery is between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Who's Who Exhibition in Chelsea, New York

Date : August 6–24

Reception: Thursday, August 8, 6–8 pm

Noho Gallery and M55 Art gallery / 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, New York 10001

(Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 6PM)

 

 *Located in the heart of the Chelsea Fine Art District. The gallery is easily accessible from the C and E trains.

Get off at the 23rd street stop, exit at the 25th street exit, and walk 2 1/2 blocks west towards 11th Ave.

Noho Gallery is between 10th and 11th Avenues.

 

A to Z Animals, Spring 2013 for ISETAN exhibition from May 1st to 7th, 2013 / size 455 x 380mm, watercolor on paper

2013 Isetan Children's Department Art Exhibition 

Dates: Wednesday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Location: ISETAN Shinjuku, Art Gallery 5 Floor

info: www.isetan.co.jp / ART LINE 

 Contact: Giant Mango /  http://www.giantmango.com/

Artist : Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Shiho, Ten Sato, SANA,

Kanoko Takeuchi, Akiko Takeda, Emi Hayano,  

 

International Student Research Forum

 

International Student Research Forum at Wakayama University

 

Ms. Shiho was invited as a guest speaker for an International Student Research Forum at Wakayama University on January 16th, 2013.

 

This forum was part of a lecture series entitled "Environment and Spirit: Walking the Kumano Kodo in Wakayama," where international students heard from several guest speakers from various backgrounds. Beginning at Salisbury University in the US, then to Australia's University of New South Wales, the forum at Wakayama University marked the lecture series' third annual gathering. 

These lectures aimed to seek deep into the spiritual heritage of Japan in order that students might place themselves directly in the heart of nature to better understand mankind's relationship to nature. By walking along the ancient pilgrimage roads of the Kumano Kodo in Wakayama prefecture's Nakahechi, hiking over the Kumano region's famous mountains, stone paths, and even visiting the temples at the famous Mt. Koya, participants in this course were given the opportunity to see where humans have come from, and to find out more about themselves along the way. 

Course participants from the University of New South Wales visited the Nakahechi region of the Kumano Kodo ancient roads, as well as the temples of Mt. Koya. They learned about community activities in the Chikatsuyu region of the town of Nakahechi. And research students from the University of New South Wales, Queensland University, and Wakayama University presented research projects as part of the keynote lectures under the theme of "environment."

For Ms. SHIHO's presentation, she discussed how she creates art, her activities as an artist in both Japan and New York, and her feelings and opinions about the environment. Other guest speakers included Scott Schnell, professor at the University of Iowa, and Hari Srinivas, professor at Japan's Kwansei Gakuin University and coordinator at Global Development Research Center.

 

Forum Coordinator: Kumi Kato, professor, Wakayama University Faculty of Tourism

Guest Speakers:
Scott Schnell, professor, University of Iowa
Hari Srinivas, professor, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan; coordinator, Global Development Research Center
Shiho, artist
Hayato Nagai, University of Queensland Tourism Studies, Australia

Location: Wakayama University Lecture Theater (T101)
Date: January 16, 2013
Time: 10:50 am - 4:30 pm

 

 

Shiho's speach for International Student Reseach Forum

 

『Creative Creatures 』

 

The concept behind my watercolor collages is to transform still life into living life.

I grew up in an area of Wakayama where I was surrounded by nature. I've enjoyed observing plants and animals since I was young, and I've been sketching these things for a long time.

 

I think, for example, that plants and their vivid colors have a big influence on the lives of us humans.

The entire life cycle of a plant is interesting to me: from the seed, the roots grow into the earth; out of the earth, the plant sprouts; the stem grows; soon, leaves emerge and flowers bloom; and from the blossomed plant, seeds fall to continue the cycle of these tiny lives.

 

People can also be a part of this process. They take plants, whose roots dig into the soil, and place the plants in pots for decoration, confining the roots. The lives of these plants can be very short, and, in a way, this ends the natural cycle of growth and regrowth of that plant.

 

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Those plants that humans use for decoration are often used to express feelings of love or gratitude, and have a meaningful place in interior decoration or at all kinds of ceremonies, happy or sad. When I see these plants in their various forms and functions, it is a sentimental experience. I'm often moved by the hues that they give off.

 

Whether flowers and plants are living in nature or the interior of some building, they all have meaning.

I can equally feel the importance of their lives.

What I attempt to do in my abstract works is this: to gather all of these impressions and put movement into what would otherwise be still life, and create new "living still life." First, the reason I enjoy painting still life watercolors is because creating the picture requires water, one of life's most important elements. By the way, the Japanese for watercolor is exactly the same: It's called 水彩、水  is water, and 彩  is color.

 

Watercolor paintings help me feel that connection between the medium and nature and plants.

And I think understanding this link really helps me create better paintings.

 

The word "abstract" does not say much by itself.

One thing I can say about the concept of "abstraction" is this: it has a lot in common with nature.

Both are always changing. And nature and the abstract are overflowing with a kind of intangible beauty.

 

I should also mention that I like traveling and living in different places. I like the new things I find, meeting new people in new environments, and discovering new changes in myself that influence my art. I think my awareness of my color palette comes from the abundant nature in the city where I grew up. During the seven years I lived in the concrete jungle of New York City, I was a little worried that my sense of my color palette might be affected. But actually, being in a place where the natural world was not always apparent helped my ability to glean feeling from places where nature is scarce.

 

Living in New York City was very different from the environment I had always known before, and that had positive effects on my memory and imagination.

Namely, it helped me sharpen my skills at understanding man-made color palettes and man-made structures and shapes. This experience helped me develop a new color palette of my own.

Harmony between humans and their environments, advanced civilizations coexisting with nature may be difficult, but I believe that when the two elements can combine and work together, a wonderful and even scientific change takes place.

 

Honing ones skills and ability to express powerful feelings is very important, of course. But, I think, what's more important than that is to glean feeling from the world around you, and to learn how to express that world.