Biography Shiomi, Nana (? - )
Nana Shiomi is vague about her birthdate; she started painting in oils at the age of fourteen, and soon developed an interest in contemporary art. She studied at Tama Art University, Tokyo, from 1975 to 1981, and then at the Royal College of Art in London from 1989 to 1991. She has had several solo exhibitions, mainly in Japan and the United Kingdom, and has participated in many group exhibitions.
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She is mainly know for a project of 100 woodblock prints called Mitate: "I selected 100 elements that I consider profoundly relevant to Japanese culture. All the elements are juxtaposed equally. Each of these selected elements is closely intertwined with the lives of the Japanese people, referred to from antiquity in songs, stories, poems and dances, drawn on paper, made into pastry, used as decorations and as patterns on kimono fabric. MITATE refers to a process of thought that Japanese culture has enjoyed since ancient times, a form of analogy comparing one thing to another [...]."