Ayano Ohmi, installation view of “Meditative Scenery,” 2011.

Ayano Ohmi

New York

Ceres Gallery

Ayano Ohmi, a long-time resident of New York City, originally comes from Japan. Her recent show featured groupings of slender totems that belong to neither the Western nor the Asian tradition; instead, they relate to the now worldwide experience of modernity. Ohmi creates artistic presences that remain in the mind long after viewing. Her sculpture may in some way connect to Noguchi’s organic sensibility, but Ohmi is very much her own person, intent on the evocative resonances that emanate from a highly spiritual approach to art. Working in clay, she shows us how the force of a single work increases by its positioning within a larger group. Her arrangements succeed because the individual pieces retain a singular character—they are as different from each other as the Chinese terra-cotta warriors buried in Xian. …see the entire review in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.