Michiko Yao is an interdisciplinary artist born in Os aka\, Japan\, who received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A in Southern California at CalArts. Her work explores the relationship between Western and Eastern imperialism\, and references unique social behaviors and fantasies of cont emporary Japan. Yao and 18th Street Arts Center’s Director of Residency Pro grams\, Pilar Tompkins Rivas\, will discuss specific Japanese historical an d aesthetic signifiers in the artist’s work\, ranging from the legacy of Du tch imperialism\, toikebana\, to modern fetish sub-cultures. For t he presentation\, Yao will create an elaborate\, edible Dutch still-life\, infused with elements of kawaii\, or “cute” culture\, for both con templation and consumption. Yao is in residence in the 18th Street Art Cent er Project Room from January 3rd through March 31st. She is a recipient of the 2012 Visions from the New California Award supported by the Alliance of Artist Communities. For more information about her work visit: www.m  

DTEND:20120328T200000 DTSTAMP:20160725T232156 DTSTART:20120328T190000 GEO:34.0232998;-118.477291 LOCATION:18th Street Arts Center\,1639 18th St. \nSanta Monica\, CA 90404 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Artist Talk: Michiko Yao in conversation with Pilar Tompkins Rivas\ , Michiko Yao UID:202500 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR