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Shino Soma
updated: 05/17/2010
website: www.shinosoma.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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this is what it looks like this week_1~a part of the Flat Video Project
this is a close look of what it looks like this week_1~a part of the Flat Video Project
oc badminton
bowls1
family II
untitled
oc1
oc2
liar
 DAD, PLEASE DON'T BRING THE RED RICE
 YUBIKIRI GENMAN/CUTTING FINGERS 10,000 PUNCHES
fufu
untitled (Mt. fuji)
Giants vs Tigers
Debt Collector
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, repetition, collage, domestic, figurative, identity, narrative, text, pattern
 
 
this is what it looks like this week_1~a part of the Flat Video Project by Shino Soma
this is what it looks like this week_1~a part of the Flat Video Project
video, mac, printer
2010
Dimensions variable
this is a close look of what it looks like this week_1~a part of the Flat Video Project by Shino Soma
this is a close look of what it looks like this week_1~a part of the Flat Video Project
video, mac, printer
2010
Dimensions variable
oc badminton by Shino Soma
oc badminton
braush pen, graphite, gouche
2007
25" x  39" 
bowls1 by Shino Soma
bowls1
brush pen, colored brush pens and colored pencils
2007
14" x  21" 
family II by Shino Soma
family II
Japanese woodblock
2005
20" x  16.5" 
untitled by Shino Soma
untitled
0" x  0" 
oc1 by Shino Soma
oc1
brush pen, gouche
2007
26" x  39" 
oc2 by Shino Soma
oc2
brush pen, gouche, pencil and colored pencils
2007
24" x  72" 
liar by Shino Soma
liar
collage, Japanese woodblock with water based and oil based ink
2005
26" x  39" 
 DAD, PLEASE DON'T BRING THE RED RICE by Shino Soma
DAD, PLEASE DON'T BRING THE RED RICE
ink, xerox, graphite, colored pencil, rice paste, tape
2005
11" x  15.25" 
 YUBIKIRI GENMAN/CUTTING FINGERS 10,000 PUNCHES by Shino Soma
YUBIKIRI GENMAN/CUTTING FINGERS 10,000 PUNCHES
mixed media incl. vintage kimono, washi, lacquer
2006
42" x  84"  x 3.5" 
fufu by Shino Soma
fufu
ink, colored pen, graphite, colored pencils, xerox, gouche, paper, vellum, tracing paper, Japanese paper
2007
95" x  60" 
untitled (Mt. fuji) by Shino Soma
untitled (Mt. fuji)
silkscreen on wood
2005
25" x  21" 
Giants vs Tigers by Shino Soma
Giants vs Tigers
drypoint
2004
16" x  12" 
Debt Collector by Shino Soma
Debt Collector
Japanese woodblock
2004
12" x  9" 

Artist Statement

My work is about human relationships, emotions, and stories but is more specifically an autobiographical exploration of specific emotional experiences that I´ve had in both the US and Japan.

As a child of post-war Japan, as well as a complex, challenging
family and upbringing, I address emotions and issues I have dealt with as I've matured, and with the perspective of being older and farther removed geographically and emotionally. A comprehensive narrative starting with family in my earlier work, has grown deeper, more complicated and less literal. And now that I live in the US, I have found this to be more true than ever. A different place but a
different culture, environment, perspective entirely.

But regardless of the geography, whether one´s home or homeland or the vague areas in between, I find that you constantly struggle to remain who you are no matter where you are.
You reject the familiar and rail against the unknown, but finding out
who you are and being able to stand on your own two feet is a process of both destruction and creation. You must be in all places doing all things at once; you must have octopus legs to find that freedom, or at the very least survive.

Feelings of vulnerability, control, connection and isolation; figures
fixed in traditional settings while others are unanchored, free-
floating and fragile; repetitive symbolic use of elements in
nature. These themes and devices are prevalent through my work, in addition to use of traditional Japanese techniques, often in non-
traditional ways, represent the conflict of dichonomies within self
and context.

While my work uses a variety of techiniques and media such as
silkscreen and intaglio, the foundation is Japanese woodblock
printing, the technique used for Ukiyo-e prints, popularized in the Edo period. Different from Western forms of printmaking, Japanese
woodblock uses all natural and traditionally, water-based inks. It
requires no press or additional chemicals. Used in my work, I have
also experimented with oil-based inks in addition to the more
traditional medium.

Artist Bio / CV
SHINO SOMA
Born in Hokkaido, Japan. Lives and works in New York, NY


EDUCATION

Pratt Institute: School of Art & Design
MS Communications Design

New York University: Tisch School of the Arts
BFA Film


OTHER TRAINING

Pratt Institute: School of Arts & Design
Classes in Pottery, Intaglio Printmaking

School of Visual Arts
Classes in Silkscreen Printing, Bookmaking

Center for Book Arts
Classes in Japanese Woodblock

Dieu Donné Papermill (New York)
Internship in papermaking

Nihon Shuji/Japan Calligraphy
4th grade certified master

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

[Solo]

School of Visual Arts (NY)
2005

[Group]

2007
IPCNY New Prints 2007/Spring
curator: James Siena (New York, NY)

Cindars Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)
A Ballpoint Pen Drawing Show curated by Rich Jacobs

Winter Exhibition at Lower East Side Printshop (New York, NY)
curator: Joanne Greenbaum


2006
The Armory Show - IPCNY Booth at Pier 90 (New York, NY)

Aidan Savoy Gallery - A Piece Apart curated by Jordin Isip (New York, NY)

IPCNY New Prints 2006/Summer: Color
curator: Jessica Stockholder (New York, NY)

IPCNY New Prints/Winter
curator: Carrie Moyer (New York, NY)

Mayer Museum at Randolph Macon Collage (VA)

Open House & Exhibition at Lower East Side Printshop (New York, NY)

The Front Room Gallery - Oval Art Show curated by Jordin Isip (Brooklyn, NY)

2004
Otaku Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)

AWARDS

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Award
Workspace Residency and project grant
2006-2007

Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder
2005-2006

Anton Abel Cine Tech Script Competition
Finalist

NYU Short Video Showcase
Selection

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Untitled (Mt. Fuji) - an Editor’s Pick in ”chelsea section” for Aug 2006
on www.artinfo.com

Suzuki, Sarah. (The Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Assistant Curator of
Prints and Illustrated Books, the Museum of Modern Art)
“New Prints 2006/Summer: Color,”
www.ipcny.org, 2006

Moyer, Carrie. “Pictures at an Exhibition: New Prints 2006/Winter,”
www.ipcny.org, 2006

COLLECTIONS

New York Public Library Print Room

IPCNY

Lower East Side Printshop (New York, NY)