Yuko Nakaya's work hangs in Brussels, Belgium; and Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan. Add to that list Boise, where a selection of her paintings and installations will be featured in a solo exhibition at Stewart Gallery through May 21. According to her artist's statement, Nakaya aims to explore the subconscious connections with universal themes—among them, birth.
"We all have had the subconscious experience of living in our mother's womb ... [I]f we are reminded of that specific moment in our lives, just how warm will our hearts become?" she writes, describing her in utero associations as a "warm white light." Nakaya's work is luminous, amorphous and succeeds in exuding exactly the experience she's aiming for.