SCOPE Miami 2017
December 5th – December 10th
“Eastern Dreams” is a collection of five new oil paintings by Chie Yoshii depicting Eastern female deities in surreptitious moments of conventional solitude. Each goddess is captured during oftentimes private, routine habits, such as bathing, dressing and feeding, ultimately creating a voyeuristic window into their divine worlds. Yoshii’s deities behold a dreamy gaze as they enigmatically look away from or almost through the viewer, with an air of confidence, begging us to question whether or not our presence is known.
ABOUT Chie Yoshii
Chie Yoshii’s oil paintings explore timeless psychological themes with a contrasting mix of techniques and styles. On the one hand, the brushstrokes &the luminosity of her panels are reminiscent of traditional Flemish paintings, in which the details, the quality of shading, and the softness of each character’s complexion are presented in a masterly manner. On the other hand, the subtle symbolism and compelling presence of the figures bring an unexpected air of accessible modernity. Much of her work is inspired by the relationship between human psychology and mythical archetypes. The enduring themes are woven into surrealities filled with symbols and visual narratives. The enigmatic images embody contradicting elements such as novelty & nostalgia, innocence & sensuality, and strength & fragility, mirroring the complexity of our psyche. Chie Yoshii was born in year 1974 in Kochi, Japan. She moved to the US to complete her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 2000 and studied with a realist painter Adrian Gottlieb from 2002 to 2008. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide.