Saturday, May 12, 2012

I Could Hear You Through The Walls (2012)

Living in a Japanese city, houses and apartments are built in extremely close proximity to each other - every piece of ground becomes occupied. We spend long hours every day surrounded by people in the working space, on the streets and in crowded trains. When we return home, we occupy a private space, yet through disconnected sound-bytes from the spaces below, above and next to us, we're aware that we are never truly alone. We surround ourselves with objects that comfort us. Little still lifes emerge amidst the controlled chaos of everyday life. Realities are revealed in the details. For this piece, I wanted to reflect on the connection between the body and space. As if invisible, I hoped to capture these private performances through the camera and expose them to the outside gaze. Working with such personal spaces and human bodies is an important part of communicating vulnerability in my work.
日本の都市では、家やマンションが隙間無く敷き詰められ、地面の全てが占領されている。 また、日々、職場、道、満員電車で人間たちに囲まれて長時間を過ごす。 家に帰ると、自分のプライベートな空間に入り込むが、周囲と繋がっていないにも関らず、 上下・左右から漏れてくる音が聞こえてくると、真に一人にではないのだと気づく。 我々は自らを癒す「物」で囲まれようと試みるが、その小さな静止物が日常のコントロールされた混乱の中に現れる。 現実はディテイルの中で露になるのだ。 この作品には、「肉体」と「空間」の関係を投影している。 このプライベートなパフォーマンスをカメラを通して、まるで透明になったかのように捉え、外部の視線に露呈したかった。 パーソナルスペースと人間の肉体のテーマを扱うことで、作品を通して「脆さ」を伝えることが重要である。

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

I could hear you through the walls

A short snippet from "I could hear you through the walls" - a video-art piece filmed in Kyoto, Japan. 2012.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010


2009. Digital photographs. Kyoto University Hospital.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I love you and will see you soon

2008. Digital photographs.


2008. Digital photograph.

The soil has made a bed for you

2008. Digital photographs.

This much is certain

2006-2008. Dual-screen video installation. Video stills.

They once belonged to a man

2008. Screenprint.

The beginning of the end

2008. Digital photograph. Screenprint. Wood.

Sarah Kane's Dream

2008. Lightbox.

When I was born...

2008. Lightbox with cut-outs and screenprint.


2008. Lightbox.

There is this and only this

2008. Lightbox.

Remember the light. Believe the light.

Room installation for a group show in 2008. White fabric walls with grey screenprinted text. Three light bulbs slowly fade out one by one, leaving the viewer in complete darkness and revealing text screenprinted in glow-in-the-dark paint. Soundtrack - a voice whispering "Remember the light. Believe the light" / dogs barking / sirens / breathing.

The progression, the going, the floor.

2005. Screenprint.

Bed II

2005. Lithograph.

Bed I

2005. Lithograph.

At rest

2005. Charcoal on tea-stained fabriano.