by Ariadna Zierold
Waka Yoshida was born in Iwate prefecture in 1983 and graduated from Setsu Mode Gakuen in 2008. She began making works that resembled miniature garden-like landscapes on top of geological formations.
Her work conjures a feeling of nostalgia and embraces a sense of familiarity in her appreoaches to dinosaurs and geology. Combining painting and objects she constructs an imaginary world based on the ancient history of the Earth. Borders may at times bring conflict in the clash of cultures, but they also give rise to the emergence of new forms and encounters. Yoshida explores borders with this affirmative tendency, searching out something that shines even within a world of sadness.