Event Details

I Can Only Be Me

Time: March 6, 2012 at 7pm to March 11, 2012 at 10pm
Location: Ouchi Gallery
Street: 170 Tillary St. Suite 507
City/Town: Brooklyn, NY
Website or Map: http://ouchigallery.com
Phone: 347 987 4606
Event Type: opening, reception
Organized By: Ouchi Gallery
Latest Activity: Feb 11, 2012

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Shinobu Machiguchi (Kiiroimomiji) Bio

Kiiroimomiji was born in 1977 as Shinobu Machiguchi. When she was growing up in Japan, she liked drawing pictures and dreamed of one day becoming an artist. Her hope was to go on to a high school where she could study fine arts, but her parents opposed the idea. She stopped drawing pictures at once.
She had been living a normal life since then. But suddenly, after turning twenty-five, she remembered her childhood dream. She began to draw again.
At that time, despite a desire to pursue her art, with age she began to feel some hesitation. She consulted a respected friend for direction. In their mail exchanges, Machiguchi came upon a word that left a lasting impression on her. That word was “kiiroi-momiji,” meaning yellow maple. After deciding to continue as an artist, she gave herself the pseudonym, "Kiiroimomiji," as a reminder to not forget to feel grateful for those who had supported her and pushed her along the way.
Although she incorporates graphic design elements into her pictures, she takes care to preserve the nuances of her original drawings. In this way, the final product retains a hand-made quality, remembering the materials and textures put into each piece, and giving her work a distinctive style. Not only does this prevent her art from being lost in the sea of CG creations, but by holding onto reality, her work resides in a space of comfortable ugliness, between the strength, beauty, and fragility of femininity.

“The concept of this solo exhibition, 'I Can Only Be Me,' expresses the wishes I held as a child. Through coming into adulthood, and now returning to what I had truly hoped to do, those wishes have changed shape a little, and they have also become a strong determination: 'I can only be me.' For my first solo exhibition, that is the determined expression I would like to make.”

Exhibitions and Awards:
January 2012, 4th 100 Artist Exhibition: “LOVE” at Ouchi Gallery, NYC
February 2012, “Midnight” Group Exhibition at Space Womb, NYC
March 2012, Group Exhibition at Space Womb, NYC
April 2012, “I Can Only Be Me!” Solo Exhibition at Ouchi Gallery, NYC

Winning Work Exhibition at Gallery-Dazzle, Japan

The 3rd “ILLUSTRATORS TSUSHIN” Illustration Competition, HIRAKAWA Akira Award
The 2nd iAvatar Grand Prix, Grand Prix Award
The 26th CREPOS SELECTION, Excellence Award
The 17th CREPOS SELECTION, Choice Award
The 14th CREPOS SELECTION, Choice Award

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