The compelling photographs of Miwa Yanagi explore themes depicting the role of women in the context of Japanese society, yet reflect the archetypal concerns of many women across cultures. Mixing both the imaginary and the real, Yanagi conjures compelling visions using theatrical set-ups and mesmerizing color. Elevator Girls, started in 1993, first gained international attention for the artist, and My Grandmothers, begun in 1999, is based directly on conversations with the women who apply to be her models. The most recent Fairy Tale series, mainly shot in black and white, further examine female roles as they are mythologized in fairy tales specifically by the ancient Greeks, Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. She is currently on exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum.