Risako Yamanoi, Places, 2021, watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, and graphite on paper

Risako Yamanoi is a visual artist based in Helsinki. She has completed her master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. Her work explores personal feelings and memories which remain unseen and marginal in everyday life.

To create the work, I thought about the choices I made, and about how those choices affected my identity. Then I started thinking that the things I did not choose or I have not got yet could be equally important as the choices I made. Perhaps what makes me who I am is not only the things I have now but also the things I have lost or I long for. It feels somehow natural to me to think that way.