Mariko Ishii: Printmaking
Explore the art of Mariko Ishii at the Festival of Arts satellite gallery foaSOUTH on display April 9 thru July 13, 2015. The exhibit showcases Mariko’s printmaking series, titled “Dialogues with Nature.” Her artwork “Still Cold Air” was purchased for the Festival’s Permanent Art Collection in 2012. The public is invited to a meet the artist at a special reception on May 7 from 6 – 9pm during First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach.
Mariko was born and educated in Yokohama, Japan. After graduating from Ferris University in Japan, she studied art at Saddleback College. She has had annual solo exhibitions in Japan for the past 15 years and juried exhibitions around Southern California for over 28 years. Mariko has exhibited at the Festival of Arts since 2007.
Using a multiple-color linocut technique, Mariko develops colors on the print by cutting the plate each time for each color. At the end, the plate is destroyed, hence the name ‘suicide print.’ She draws inspiration from nature (especially trees), her daily life, traveling, and literature.