Noriko Shinohara is best known for her Cutie series, a semi-autobiographical story of her relationship with Ushio. The character of Cutie emerged in 2003, recognizable by her long braids and rounded, perpetually nude form. In Noriko’s words, “when I started Cutie I felt I am truly, from bone to skin, head to toe, an artist.” The story spans medium and scale, from intimate artist books to 20-meter-long murals. In 2003 and 2005, Noriko’s work appeared in the IPCNY New Prints exhibition. In 2007, she was included in the Japan Society Gallery’s Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York, a group exhibition with Ushio, Yoko Ono, Yayoi Kusama, and others.