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Ayomi Yoshida, Japanese, b. 1958
After Rain Comes Fair Weather, 2019
Ink and colors on paper
19 x 19 in. (48 x 48 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase, Scripps Collectors' Circle
Accession Number: 2019.21.9


Commentary
After Rain Comes Fair Weather is a print by Japanese artist Ayomi Yoshida, who was born into a famous Japanese family of printmakers. She has carved her mark on the contemporary art world with minimalist prints like these and with powerful installations, including one in the lobby of Target's corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. Here, the rain is still falling hard, but the sky is already brightening and fair weather is on its way. There is promise of sunny, easier days ahead.

Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections


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.

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 lightly against a blue sky on the surface of the water.

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