LeBasse Projects artist Yoskay Yamamoto has been selected by Societe Perrier to do a large sculptural installation which will be featured at Pulse Miami in December. He was recently interviewed by Perrier to discuss his art as well as his process and inspiration. A portion of his interview:
Societe Perrier: Moving from Japan when you were 15, how did your childhood growing up in Japan influence your artwork today?
Yoskay Yamamoto: When I was younger my favorite pastime was reading manga comics, so as a kid I drew a lot of manga characters that I liked at the time. I think that’s how I developed my foundation of drawing, which you can still see seeping through my work.
SP: Your work balances aspects of traditional Japanese culture and Western culture. Moving to the U.S. when you were 15, how did you view American culture?
YY: When I moved to the states at the age of 15, there were so many new cultures and customs that it blew my mind. Skateboarding, graffiti art, punk rock, hip-hop and recreational drug culture amazed me. They were something that I never encountered in the small town that I grew up in.
The rest of the interview can be found at Perrier’s website.