Ai Yamaguchi is a Tokyo-based contemporary artist. The motive that consists of Yamaguchi's world is mainly based on a fine art in modern times during the Edo-period, from the latter days of 17th to 18th century in Japan. Her works expresses the girls who live their lives as prostitutes and wait on the men in yukaku, the red-light district in the Edo-period. She draws the girls into the works using the original supports of hers and clear colors. The world of yukaku, which has been sensitively designed from her own creation, based on the consideration into early times in Japan.
Ai Yamaguchi first art works “First Light” (Japanese title "Hogarahogara") presented a comprehensive overview of her works. From early works to major projects to date, including mural installations, drawings, and her featured paintings painted on rounded cotton canvases. Autographed “First Light” is especially for lammfromm!
“Hogarahogara”−indicating the pleasant dawning of the morning sky−the expression used as the title of this book, is taken from the anonymous poem in the tenth-century anthology of court poetry “Kokin Waka shu”ー“Shinonome no / hogarahogara to / ake yuke ba / ono ga kinuginu / naru zo kanashiki” (With the dawn, as the skies begin to grow light, we must put on our robes again and part, sad though it be.) --from “First Light”
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