Born in Japan, Shino Soma was educated and currently lives in the US. Her work reflects a dichotomy of perspectives formed through her cultural and familial experiences, specifically in the post-war Japanese household in which she grew up. Shino holds a BFA in film from New York University and an MS in design from Pratt Institute. She has completed a residency at the Lower East Side Printshop and a Swing Space residency at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and her work has been presented at The Armory Show, The Front Room Gallery, Kanuma Municipal Art Museum of Kawakami Sumio, Tochigi, Japan, International Print Center, New York (IPCNY) and School of Visual Arts. Her work is also a part of the permanent collection of the New York Public Library.

First growing up in Hokkaido, Japan surrounded by farms and nature, followed by a suburban life in the Bay area and Los Angeles, then by living in the small confined spaces of New York City, as well as traveling in Europe, Asia, Middle East and meeting people from all over the world, Soma has discovered that food really is an international language.  She has found that food memories have a long-lasting impact on people’s lives and identity.

During this Governors Island residency, she will be exploring how this subject will take shape in the variety of media(fabrics, papers, printmaking, sculpture, video, etc) that she has been working on.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist