Junko Yoda Waves

June 07, 2004 - July 16, 2004

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Junko Yoda
The Deep,  2004
papier mache & plexiglas
30-1/4 x 30-1/4 inches
Notes on Waves, 2004
"Ice Floe", 2004
Last winter was very cold. I was amazed by the sight of the frozen Hudson River. A thick ice field spread out below me. When I took a closer look, various shapes of ice had been smashed into the Manhattan side of the river by strong winds. The sight remained still in my mind after the ice had disappeared.

I made many different shapes of ice with paper maché. At the same time, I thought about the use of paper shells that I had already made. I made more than a hundred of them. Also, I had two large Plexiglas sheets, one was white; the other clear and slightly smoky. After a little struggle with how to best use these materials, I reached the idea of making two layers using the Plexiglas sheets. I placed the sea shell shapes on to the white Plexiglas layer which lay on the bottom, and then positioned the smoky Plexiglas layer so that it hovered 3 inches above the lower layer, then I placed the ice shapes on the smoky upper layer. The shells near the surface look clear and the shells that lay on the bottom do not retain their shapes, the shells in between appear dimly. The ice pieces float.

"Waves", 2004
After I visited Green Point, Long Island, last summer, I started to make paper sea shells by casting the shells out of paper maché. I made ten or more shells everyday. Many of the paper shells are shaped close to actual ones. However, you might find shells that you have never seen before. Some of them are outside-in (opposite of inside out), two shells became one and other shells came out bent, twisted or curled during the drying process. If you'd like to hear the sound of the seashore, you can turn on the sound system under the bowl of seashells.

"River Flow", 2003, 90 x 72 inches
This is my continuous, large painting; looking down, far away. I "painted" it by applying several layers of paper that had been painted with acrylic paint, the pieces of which were tied in knots with paper strings and then applied to the surface of the canvas.

"Window", 2002 - 2004
A series of paintings measuring either 33 x 44-1/2 inches or 23 x 15-1/2 inches.
On a very cold winter day, I saw a pattern of countless tiny flowers through the wet curtain that was stuck to an old glass window inside of a cast-iron building. I was attracted by the modest beauty of it. I tried, in many ways, to capture its beauty by tracing the pattern on to paper. After some time, I finally found the right material which could express the feeling of it.