My work is based on childhood memories and emotions that I recall from time to time. As a shy child I had a tough time expressing myself and often created a vivid imaginative world around me. Today these memories and emotions of my childhood are expressed through mixed media works and are often perceived as they are constructed leaving the viewer to find their own lost memories within.
The process involves recognizing and capturing memories or emotions as they come which are triggered by many different elements of the senses. Something as simple as the transition of seasons can suggest many different possible memories and emotions. As our memories may seem vague, distorted or even very vivid they often become mixed up with present moments and feelings creating a work of layered mixed realities with imaginative hidden child like worlds.
- Yoko Iwanaga
2008 OMO-CHA CHA CHA CHA, Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, GA
2007 FULL POCKETS, Rosewood Contemporary Art, Savannah, GA
KIOKU, Gallery Espresso, Savannah, GA
2008 COLUMBIA OPEN STUDIOS, The Grow, Columbia, SC
GALEX42 NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION, Galesburg Civic Arts Center, Galesburg, IL
2007 METAPHOR OF NATURE, Artizen Fine Arts, Dallas, TX
OPEN STUDIO NIGHT, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA
2006 OPEN STUDIO NIGHT, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA
2005 OPEN STUDIO NIGHT, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA
"Emerald II", 36 x 36 in., oil on canvas