Junko Yamada’s collages are composed of thousands of pieces of fine rice paper in the “Harie” tradition, a style of art that dates back several centuries to the Nara period (710-793). Born in Kyoto, Japan, Junko grew up along the pacific coast outside of Kyoto where she was impressed and influenced by spectacular scenery. Working in great detail, she typically uses thousands of small pieces from a wide variety of papers to complete each unique artwork. Junko endeavors to introduce and share aspects of Japanese life and culture through her works. Junko hopes that, like the ocean and mountains of her youth, her work instills a sense of tranquility and inner peace, a visual escape from everyday life.