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Sachi Yamabe MFA '89

I  like to begin my pictures based on things in the natural world that engage me, including the weather and the ocean.  From here I draw and paint what I feel, think and know and let my work direct me as much as I direct it, trying to balance the two.

In my most recent paintings, I  began by using designs based in the Japanese folk art tradition, specifically the rose pattern from a kimono that belonged to my aunt.  I've been preoccupied with the single line for some time now- a kind of breaking down of the fabric into its single threads.

There is an element of the task-oriented/labour intensive in my work.


Cherry Rain, 2009. Ink and gouache on paper, 9 x 12"

Row Boat, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 22"

Requiem of Roses, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 22"