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Ynez Johnston



Casein on rice paper
14.125 x 27.125 x 0.875 in.
Museum Purchase with the Charter Member Endowment Fund

Johnston’s body of work connects the influence of European modernists with the ancient artwork she viewed during her trips to Italy, Mexico, India, and Nepal. She often combined the motifs she found in these ancient artworks with the contemporary styles she practiced during her education at Berkeley. In her work, Johnston likes to experiment with texture and create composite forms of architecture, animals, plants, and human bodies.

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