44-02 11th Street - Studio# 507
Yukiko Nakashima is a multi medium artist with focus on painting. She currently lives and works in Queens, and has exhibited in the United States and Japan, including Evergreen Museum and Library, Baltimore, MD, Foggy Bottom Arts Center, Washington, DC, Fairleigh Dickinson University Gallery, Teaneck, Maryland Federation of Arts, Baltimore, MD, DUMBO Art Center, Brooklyn, NY, hpgrp Gallery, New York, NY. She has MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and BA from City University of New York.
Mask is an object that is at once concrete and elusive. It conceals our foremost importance, disregarding and distorting our familiar self. It portrays instead an animated being that the wearer must comply for it does not accept mundane voice protesting original identity. A mask has such a presence, materiality and solidity that any enigmatic can become believable whether it's a hero, a deceased, or a mystical messenger. I paint, alter and play with masks to a degree that they no longer are recognizable cultural speaker, but a representor of my hidden unverbalized narratives.
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