Sculpture by Yoskay Yamamoto

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Artist Yoskay Yamamoto’s sculptures play with material and often depict the faces people, animals, or humanoid hybrids. His “Nature Girl” series, for instance, pairs a smooth, girlish face with wooden doe’s ears and real antlers for texture. In subject, the pieces allude to mythology and, as wall hangings, they also reference taxidermy, a cultural clash that raises questions about how people value nature differently over time and place. Other pieces have an extraterrestrial or pop slant, as with his reinterpretations of Frisch’s Big Boy, the Michelin Man, Bart Simpson, Hello Kitty, and Pikachu. Made of ceramic, cast resin, basswood, and many materials in between, Yamamoto’s sculptures both embody and challenge contemporary norms and icons in a way that is altogether uncanny.

 

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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