CM: Yumiko Yoneda is known for her Portraits of Feeling, all of which are particular to the people they represent. With these portraits, Yoneda aims to capture the sitters' soul in as immediate and uncontrived manner as possible - by reproducing the likeness not of their features, but of their aura. In addition, Yoneda prefers the white color of the modeling paste because it brings out the textured tension of the material that she applies by hand.
For Yumiko Yoneda Lafcadio Hearn is the first foreigner whom she came to know in Japan. As a matter of fact he is the most famous foreigner in Matsue. She visited the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum in Matsue at the age of about ten and since then started to read his books. Lafcadio's "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" of 1894 is Yoneda's favourite book.
The Portrait of Feeling: Homage to Lafcadio Hearn, which Yoneda created for The Open Mind Of Lafcadio Hearn exhibition is inspired by his portrait in archival photographs. Looking carefully at his face Yoneda discerns the melancholy of nostalgia for his past. Therefore, she created a portrait that would capture Lafcadio's sensitive feelings. The dimensions of this portrait reflect more or less the proportions of his face.
[Megakles Rogakos 06/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens