From 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm resident artist Michiko Yao will be in conversation with 18th Street Arts Center's Director of Residency Programs, Pilar Tompkins Rivas in conjunction with her exhibition Samsara Pleasure Principle featuring a video installation of the same title. Join us for a look into the artist's work, centering around Dutch and Portuguese influences in Japanese culture. For ArtNight, Yao will create an edible and interactive still-life table setting as part of her Project Room presentation. In Samsara Pleasure Principle, Yao considers the historical influences of Western culture in Japan from the Edo period until today. The artist creates a gradually unfolding narrative in the form of a floral still life gesticulating in slow motion. The composition references both Dutch Golden Age painting and ikebana, drawing upon the cultural exchange that evolved through the trading relationship between Japan and the Netherlands.