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"Rolling Atop Hills Knowing Full Well that Nothing Exists Beneath You"
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"Rolling Atop Hills Knowing Full Well that Nothing Exists Beneath You" Painting

Edwin Ushiro

United States

Painting, Paint on Wood

Size: 24 W x 35 H x 0.1 D in

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The Artwork: In April of 1957, children at Wahiawa Elementary told school officials that they saw a strange creature living in the gulch behind the school gymnasium. The school principal suspected that this was the result of a vivid imagination turned mass hysteria. Police were summoned to interview the children. They described the creature as a woman with scaly, greenish skin with seaweed hair, webbed feet similar to a duck and claw-like hands. This woman was also described as missing a nose and bearing only one eye. The Wahiawa Chamber of Commerce organized a search party which combed the gulch for the creature. No evidence was ever found. The Process: This painting was created with digital and traditional techniques. First I begin with traditional graphite and ink drawings with backgrounds completed in watercolor and acrylic washes. I then imported into Photoshop where the final image is printed onto t-shirt transfer sheets which are stitched together and mounted onto vinyl. Thin and thick amounts of acrylic paint are applied to the front and back of this painting. Then it is mounted onto a cradled wooden panel.

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Painting:Paint on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 35 H x 0.1 D in

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Edwin Ushiro's work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the "slow town" of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of "talk story" native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time. After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, he worked in the entertainment industry as a storyboard artist, concept designer and visual consultant. More recently, he has exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and the Japanese American National Museum. In 2016, Edwin created his first and second mural as a participant of both POW! WOW! Hawaii and Long Beach. A monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, has been published by Zero+ Publishing. He lives and works between Los Angeles and Maui.

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