Yuko Someya

Solo Exhibition

空の王様空をつれてやってきた As the king of the sky has come down taking the sky along 2007 water color, pencil, oil pastel and lithograph ink on Japanese paper mounted on wood panel 120.0 × 272.0 cm © Yuko Someya

Someya applies washi paper to panels and creates outlined worlds using slender strokes so the paper’s gentle qualities remain present. Many of her motifs feature flowers and birds, plants, and animals; however, the details, such as a flower’s petals or bird feathers are intricately drawn. “I move my pencil as if I was spelling a word,” Someya says of her works; she starts off by using a pencil to create light contour lines. Her detailed sketches are not connected with miniature paintings, however, entire works possesses an extremely ethereal impression, as the balance between blank and filled spaces is crafted using her specialized method of using ink ? not only does she use watercolor pigments, but she uses lithograph ink as well ? to achieve the desired coloring and sense of transparency.

Her mind always seems to be filled with stories, as was seen in her 2005 work, Hanakotori, which featured six tableau paintings that were joined to form a scene over five meters long. It depicted flowers on a tree trunk, birds and a spider web, a firebird-like bird, and other fantastic animals like an emaki scroll.
The large piece featured in this exhibition is a flying bird with its large wings spread wide. The multi-colored wings contain plant-like cells and trailing coral-like spray. With wings outstretched, the descending figure resembles a dignified sky god.