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The Healer - Determination Limited Edition of 10 Photograph

Taiyo Okamoto

United States

Photography, Digital on Paper

Size: 12 W x 18 H x 0.1 D in

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The Healer is a collaborative photography series from multi-disciplinary artist Taiyo Okamoto and poet & filmmaker Ayodeji Otuyelu. In a meditative state, Taiyo calmly painted on Ayodeji’s skin. He discovered the scars on Ayodeji’s back. Ayodeji told Taiyo that, back in his homeland Nigeria, he was whipped because of his sexuality. Taiyo never asked more, just appreciating that Ayodeji showed his vulnerability and trusted Taiyo. Then “The Healer” began to evolve in Taiyo’s mind. When you hear the word healer, you might think of someone who can heal somebody. But for this project “The Healer” is one who has been healing themselves. Taiyo felt that Ayodeji was working on healing himself from fighting against his and society’s struggles. Now Ayodeji is a healer for those who carry aching souls. Ayodeji Otuyelu published his first poetry book "Words in My Head" (2020), directed his first short film "Unsaid" (2022) also appears in HBO documentary "The Legend of the Underground" (2021).

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Photography:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:12 W x 18 H x 0.1 D in

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Taiyo Okamoto reimagines the traditional Japanese technique of chigiri-e to deconstruct and layer painted and textured paper into contemplative abstract patterns. Liberating the true self is his universal theme. What happens when we remove and let go of the heavy armors of identity and anxiety, and return to our unshakeable axis? Process becomes meditation; each paper sculpture a concrescence of time and the artist’s vital essence. Working across mediums, explorations of color theory, material-driven composition, the nature of water and documenting the transformation of his own body have led to several painting and photography series, as well as a digital fashion collaboration with the design team NauGhTed, that consider many of the same practices. Everything becomes an experiment in transmuting a tender reality. Taiyo Okamoto grew up by the ocean in Karatsu, Japan, where he often spent his childhood days twilighting on the seawall; dreamily gazing at the vast sky, crashing waves, and flying fish. He has lived in New York City since 2002. Taiyo’s art has featured in exhibitions in New York, London and Taipei. He appears in the film "HANAGATAMI" directed by legendary Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi.

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