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Ryoko Aoki

Japanese, b. 1973

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Ryoko Aoki

Japanese, b. 1973

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Mapping imaginative thoughts through drawing, Aoki’s visual vocabulary is one grounded in everyday objects expressed through a childlike lens. Through metonymical associations and small details that represent a larger whole, Aoki creates expressive, flickering scenes with line, contour, and shading. Employing memory and processes of Freudian free association, she creates fictionalized realities by translating abstract ideas, fragmented thoughts, and found objects into images that build a personal mythology. Favoring motifs of flowers, animals, and young girls as symbols of innocence, Aoki creates drawings that evoke a primitive mode of thinking in which the real and the imagined are both indistinguishable and equally important.

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Hammer Museum
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Biography

Mapping imaginative thoughts through drawing, Aoki’s visual vocabulary is one grounded in everyday objects expressed through a childlike lens. Through metonymical associations and small details that represent a larger whole, Aoki creates expressive, flickering scenes with line, contour, and shading. Employing memory and processes of Freudian free association, she creates fictionalized realities by translating abstract ideas, fragmented thoughts, and found objects into images that build a personal mythology. Favoring motifs of flowers, animals, and young girls as symbols of innocence, Aoki creates drawings that evoke a primitive mode of thinking in which the real and the imagined are both indistinguishable and equally important.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hammer Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta