"I had a dream that I was visiting an old deserted house, part of a tourist attraction. When I arrived a bunch of butterflies flew up and covered my head. One butterfly stuck to the center of my forehead and wouldn't come off. I could feel it's little feet digging in. I walked through the the rooms of the house with this butterfly on my forehead, and at the end of this self-guided tour, the butterfly fell off, dead. When I woke up from the dream, I couldn't remember who I was."
Samyak "Sam" Yamauchi is a mostly self-taught painter who came to painting in 2013 after many years of working with glass mosaics. She is inspired by color and the deeply soulful, discovery process of being in the moment with the materials and the imagery as it arises. Her approach is part contemplation and intention, part intuition and imagination, and a whole lot of playing around until she knows it's "right".
NAKED FEEL GOOD RADIO INTERVIEW - Sam has a conversation with host Laure Redmond..
True or False: "They" say every artist needs a good backstory...
September 2017 story ("Based on true events" - like in the movies...) "I was born in Tokyo, Japan to Japanese-American parents who were disguised as poor peasants. When my oldest brother had to have heart surgery, my family came home to the US aboard a passenger ship, with me stowed away in a larger steamer trunk covered by my mother's handwoven lace doilies. My parents built a house in Portland, Oregon inspired by the book The House the Peck's Built, by Helen Evers. My brothers both had train rooms and my sister and I each had our own special rooms - her's a mirrored room where she could practice her go-go dancing and mine a room where I could be knee deep in pretty dolls with brushable hair..."