Submerged portraits reflect artist’s struggle between finding home and the American dream

Submerged in water up to their nose, the characters in Yoskay Yamamoto’s artwork seem both surreal and serene. The artist represents his own feeling of being torn between two cultures, being born in Japan but now living in America. With the strong physical and emotional power of the sea, but also the potential for peace, Yamamoto uses water as a key symbol in his paintings.

The dreamlike scenes he creates are made even more unusual by the neon signs seemingly growing out from his characters’ heads. Their messages are ones of hope, escapism and success, tying back to the American dream. For the artist, these paintings show his journey of trying to find a place he can call his home.

Via Hi Fructose