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Rainy Season Begins

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Ayomi Yoshida, Japanese, b. 1958
Rainy Season Begins, 2019
Ink and colors on paper
19 x 19 in. (48 x 48 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Reiwa
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2019.21.8


Commentary
Yoshida’s contemporary woodcuts are a testament to the enduring legacy of the woodblock print, and elegantly illustrate the simultaneous softness and tension of rain. Yoshida is a fourth-generation artist, and Scripps College has pieces from each generation of the family.

She has experimented with silkscreen printmaking as well as woodblocks, and is perhaps best known for her repetitive, geometric prints, which she carves herself. It takes her between 1 week and 10 days to carve just one woodblock. Considering that each color on a print requires the carving of a separate woodblock, the dedication she has to her craft is clear.

See also 2019.21.9.

Marks
On the lower margin in pencil: on the left, "AP," title in the center, artist's signature on the right

Medium
ink and colors on white archival paper

Object Description
Rain falls against a dark sky on the surface of the water.

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