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Shiho K. Rice - July 2015

Shiho K. Rice
"Quietly Cutting Through"

July 9 – August 3

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 9, 6:30-8:00 pm


In her imaginative exhibit “Quietly Cutting Through,” Shiho K. Rice explores the Japanese medium of Kirié (Kee-ree-yay), in which a single piece of paper is cut by hand to create an intricate image. Having lived in both North America and Japan, Rice’s artwork is an expression of her perspective of both cultures. Her whimsical works will be featured in The Art League Gallery, July 9-August 3, 2015.

With this basic material, Rice is able to depict both the fantastic and the mundane: bathtubs and shoes mixed with bunnies making tea or an elephant visiting a girl reading. Her artwork is often inspired by overlooked elements of the world around us. Rice says that growing with two working parents allowed her time alone to develop a rich imagination, which she now uses to bring her tiny cut out worlds to life.


Each piece begins with a rough drawing before Rice cuts away the paper to reveal the image. “This work is about excavating the image from the paper and the memories and imaginations from my childhood … to bring this small world out of the piece of paper,” says Rice.

When she was a little girl in Japan, Rice recalls her mother taking her to a theatrical shadow art performance using cut paper, a memory that stuck with her throughout her art career. Over time, Rice taught herself Kirié, first incorporating Kirié elements into installations before embracing more traditional Kirié format in her more recent work.


Swing-A-Sea (detail)

Rice was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan, and moved to Canada when she was 15 years old. She studied fine arts in at York University Toronto before transferring to The City College of New York to study Theatre and Fine Arts. In 2009, Rice moved to Washington, DC where she discovered paper art, and more recently moved to rural New York where she enjoys being surrounded by nature.



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Monday–Saturday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon-6:00 pm





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