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Sonomi Kobayashi-Clemente

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I strive to express the relationship between human and nature, human and earth, and human and universe through my art. Recent studies of the scientific proof that intellectual living as human in the universe is more rare and unique than wefve imagined. I contemplate the meaning of human existence, its connection to the universe, as well as exploring the origin of our planet and its future in the universe.

I use oil paint, oil sticks, pastel, and ink in my paintings. In order to demonstrate time change I use multi-layering. These layers represent links to the past, present, and future. I use images and symbols found in space and the ocean. My frequent use of round and circular objects reflects their common occurrence in the universe.
My sculpture installations usually use images and symbols from nature to contemplate human existence and its purpose.
The varied colors, fine lines, and organic shapes in my art reflect my sensibilities and emotions. These feelings are often uncertain and intimidated by the challenges the future may bring, but ultimately inspired and hopeful.

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IMAGE DESCRIPTION : 1. Synchronicity, 2006, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 28 inches. 2. Synchronicity, 2006, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 28 inches. 3. Synchronicity, 2004, Oil and Pencil on Paper, 12 x 9 inches. 4. Synchronicity, 2004, Oil and Pencil on Paper, 12 x 9 inches. 5. Formation, 2004, Oil and Pastel on Canvas, 54 x 48 inches. 6. Formation#3, 2004, Oil, Pastel and Strings on Canvas, 54 x 44 inches.

Sonomi Kobayashi was born and grew up in Japan and moved to New York in 1993. She studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1995 to 2002, painting with William Scharf, Knox Martin, Larry Poons, and sculpting with Jonathan Shahn. She now works and shows her artwork at her studio in L.I.C., Queens, NY, and frequently has exhibitions in New York City and Japan.
Recent Exhibitions include: French-Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo (accepted for international competition); selected work at Concepto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; selected work at Limner Gallery, Chelsea, NY; group shows with AAWAA (Asian American Woman Artists Alliance) at Phoenix Gallery, SOHO, NY; and at AAWAA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; selected work at Credit Suisse First Boston, Headquarters, NY, NY.

We, as humans, have invented so many tools and developed so many technologies in order to adjust to new environs. These amazing abilities stem from a strong innate desire to adapt, essentially, a tenacious desire to survive.
Every living thing experiences death. Every being on earth, even the earth itself, one day, will die. Humans are constantly creating ways to deter or put off death. gSynchronicityh, for me, is the development of new methods for survival simultaneously in different places on earth due to a congregative unconsciousness. We are all connected. We all desire the same thing: to stop death from coming as quickly or as often as it does. We all separately come up with similar ideas to do this, to extend and be better equipped for the inevitable.
Conversely, some humans work against one another in a warped attempt to survive. The wars we fight against our eenemiesf are supposed to perpetuate the human race. Wars may strengthen small factions or tribes, but do not encourage survival for the entire human race. I think we all know that war is not the answer.
When people realize and embrace the synchronicity that exists when it comes to survival, it will increase our connection and strengthen our ability to peacefully continue life as part of the entire universe.
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Sonomi Kobayashi-Clemente
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