There is no doubt that simple symbols, from a fish drawn in the sand to a yellow star sewn on a shirt, have always had the ability to carry more weight than their fragile contours lines would suggest. In our own time, the addition of an emblematic swoosh can double the price of a shirt coming out of sweatshops in Bangladesh or Thailand. Draw a cartoon mouse with his ears too well rounded and you’re likely to be sued. Spend time with Kaori Takamura’s paintings and you may find yourself coming upon some occult knowledge, or an idea for a new t-shirt design . . .
Read the review in the July 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.
The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.