I am intrigued by how individuals coexist together, and my art is an attempt to investigate, through abstraction, visualizations of chaotic, complex social phenomena.
These social phenomena don't arise from just individuals, but from groups of individuals. Accumulations of groups cause complex systems and structures. Individuals can move freely from one group to another in flux - shifting, separating, joining, adapting, or moving in harmony, belonging to many groups simultaneously with multiple social identities. It becomes impossible to map out exactly. In our society, individual uniqueness is much more valued, yet we’re not so different from how insects or plants exist as a cooperate group to survive. After all, we are social beings.
In the process of streaming ideas and imagination onto canvas or paper, I become an observer and a single component of my own social environment. I choose to use biomorphic images as a metaphor for social hierarchy, as well as human cells, body parts, or organs as for an individual or a collective functionality within an organism or culture. The dynamic flow, merging forms, and tangled patterns are the evidence of our constant growth and survival, what I try to document in my art.
Artist Bio / CV
Mika Yokobori was born in Japan. She currently resides in Brooklyn,
NY. She earned her BFA at the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at SUNY-Purchase. She’s been exhibiting her work in the tri-state area as well as Japan.
Her work is about coexistence between all living things. Her use of biomorphic images such as plants or human organs is a metaphor for social hierarchy, as well as a collective functionality within an organism or culture. The dynamic flow, merging forms, and tangled patterns are the evidence of our constant growth and struggle for survival.