Student Artist: Akane Shinozaki, DCIS at Baker HS Junior
I was born and raised in Japan and I’m here in Denver as a sort of an exchange student. I love arts, nature, and animals!
Vision and Inspiration:
This piece of art is inspired by the Japanese traditional art style called “Ukiyoe”. In my piece of art, I wanted to express two symbols that are unique to Japanese culture, which is cat and Kimono.
In Ukiyoe style, Kimono is a very important part in terms of showing the person in the art more unique and beautiful. So I put a lot of effort into drawing Kimono. The Kimono pattern represents the waterside. And the ball drawn on my art is to show Japanese long history, as the ball is a Japanese traditional and artistic toy that has more than 1,000 years of history. And the reason I chose the cat is because cats are animals that are very close to Japanese people’s life then and now, in fact, we can find lots of old drawings with cats.