Were you always an artist, even as a child? What was your path to becoming an artist?
Moving to New York City in twenty-thirteen from Yokohama, Japan. Then participating in a drawing and painting class in the continuing program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. My artistic journey has been at large without schooling, finding inspiration first from my own life. I lived without art for many years even though, I used to paint often by the influence of my mother when I was a child. It was hard to imagine how to live as an artist, as it seemed unrealistic for me. About fifteen years later, at the end of twenty-thirteen, I was inspired to create artwork.
What is your medium of choice and what drew you to this particular medium?
Acrylic is quick to dry, my process is painting in layers and with my fingers. In the future, I would like to try working with oil paints. The majority of my work is abstract, evoking the likenesses of creatures, and other forms inspired by personal anecdotes. My self-portraits exist as interpretations of different facets of my spiritual life. Naturalistic, and symbolism inspire my expression; using eyes, and colors as stylistic anchors, and motifs, I create recognizable characters to represent the deepest parts of my subjects, and this world as I understand them.
What is it like showing your work to people and what do you hope people take away from it?
If I can say, I think my work shows honesty and energy with some romantics and tiny chaos. However, if people see feelings of my love through my artwork, that’s everything for me.
” Technology makes way, Art makes humanity. “
Nara is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
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