Roger Shimomura experienced an epiphany in 1971 that would establish a new direction for his art. A third-generation Japanese American and a native of Seattle, he had begun teaching art at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, two years earlier. While attending a local auction, Shimomura encountered a farmer who expressed incomprehension at the artist's American nationality and made reference to a book . . .

photo: Robert Hickerson
Using images from my past and immediate environments, from earlier and current work and using them as cultural metaphors, I became a dispassionate viewer of my own layering system.1