The gap between adolescence and experience is endlessly explored in Yuka Sakuma’s work, who makes her US debut with her series, ‘Miniature Garden’. In Sakuma’s ink paintings, innocence can be found in the growth of one-self and the trials of falling in love. Most of her paintings portray young girls in a state of transformation and development, physically and emotionally. Their fragility and vulnerability is mirrored in the nature that surrounds them, a miniature garden blooming with flowers like tulips, pansies, water lilies and cherry blossoms.
On her portrayal of young women, Sakuma shares: ‘I am drawn to girls in particular, not simply for their gender, but because of their femininity. There is a freshness and innocence in the body and action of girls, who are susceptible to a wide range of emotion. While their hearts are still not yet mature, they are cute and fragile. What is to be lost when becoming an adult, I find that to be truly endearing’.
Yuka Sakuma’s new exhibition, titled ‘Miniature Garden’, is currently hosted at Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles (August 19 – September 16, 2017).