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Red Eyed Tribe

Photo: Kaikai Kiki New York LLC

Red Eyed Tribe


Chiho Aoshima

Japanese, born 1974

A member of Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki collective, Chiho Aoshima is part of a group of young Japanese artists whose work investigates-and indeed is fueled by-Japan's obsession-inducing anime and manga culture. Aoshima uses Macintosh illustration software to produce cartoon-like images that merge traditional elements of Japanese art with the latest computer design techniques. This large digital print appropriates the traditional Japanese handscroll format to create a surreal landscape of biomorphic shapes, flying caterpillars and inverted mountains. Aoshima's world is inhabited by red-eyed females in contemporary (circa 2000) Japanese fashions, infusing the cult of cuteness with a slightly more sinister subtext.

Digital inkjet print
19 5/8 x 138 in. (49.8 x 350.5 cm)
Gift of the ContemporaryArtProject, Seattle
Photo: Kaikai Kiki New York LLC
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "SAM Collects: ContemporaryArtProject", Dec. 21, 2002 - Apr. 6, 2003

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Talents and Beauties: Art of Women in Japan," Nov. 4, 2017 - Jul. 15, 2018
Published ReferencesYoung, Tara, "SAM Collects: ContemporaryArtProject" 2002, Seattle Art Museum, 2002, pg. 47

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