Place of Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Date of Birth: May 24, 1953
I was fortunate to encounter etching in 1995 after a quarter-century devoted to only drawing and painting. In etching I found my creative freedom. In etching I found a new language. I could express my imagination with etching.
Like instruments for music, shades in aquatint make tunes high or low, with beats that vary as the lights and shadows warm or cool by turns into the twilight zone. As in symphony, images lead clearly with their fine needle-point, while the intense engraving leads even beyond.
Between the lines I read the murmur of a stream that, in the water, weaves memories from past voyages, from dreams, from myths. Working through the press, through images reversed from copper onto paper, east arrives at west, south, and north. Through the press, prints become alive in ink, like the songs of Prima Donnas' soaring from the stage.
Born in 1953 in Takaoka City and raised in rural Japan, Noriko Shinohara left for New York in 1972. While studying at the Art Students League of New York and Pratt Graphics Center in 1973, she met noted artist Ushio Shinohara, 21 years her senior. Their son, Alexander Kukai, was born in 1974, at which time her parents cut off all support.
In the 1980s, Shinohara showed works in group exhibitions. In 1988 she began writing a novel, Tameiki no New York, or "Sighs of New York," based on Hell of Raising a Child, which discusses her experiences raising not her son, but her husband.
Shinohara's etching career began in 1995 when she started studying with masters in Tokyo and Kyoto. In 1999, she held her first show of new etchings with related pastels and oils at Galleria Grafica, Tokyo, Japan. Since 2000, she has lived in a loft in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, NY.