SURREALITY Curated by Arteom Gallery /Studio Arte Beatrice Cordaro
3D Virtual Exhibition October 5-21
Pure psychic automatism, through which we propose to express, with words or writing or in another way, the real functioning of thought. Command of thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, beyond any aesthetic and moral concern.» (André Breton, Surrealism’s Manifesto, 1924) Between reality and fiction, rational and irrational, mystery and revelation. What is the Surreal? What is Surreality?
Media: Wire, Fiber
Dimension: 8 x8 x 50 cm
In Japan, there is a custom to keep part of the umbilical cord in a paulownia box as a symbol of the bond between mother and child. The mother supplies nutrients to the fetus through the placenta, and waste products are sent to the mother through the placenta. The placenta and umbilical cord are lifelines for the fetus, and after they have completed their function, they are separated from the uterus and expelled with the baby. It plays a very important role in the birth of new life, but after giving birth, it is thrown away without particular care. It can be said to be a symbol of unconditional love, and I can see the merciful love that Buddha preached there.
Title: Suffering Tofu
Media: Cotton Fiber, Silk Gauze, Tofu Maker
Dimension: 15x12x15 cm
Death is one of the four inevitable sufferings that the Buddha preached. I focused on "death" among them and expressed the skull as a tofu relief. Tofu originated in China and is now widely used as a daily food in many countries. On the other hand, although death is not inevitable and can come to anyone anywhere in the world, we treat it like something special and avoid thinking about it in our daily lives. In 2017, I drew a skull for the first time in a work titled "Moment-2", which uses a courtesan as a motif. Until then, it was taboo for me to draw or create skeletons. This is because I felt negative energy, including death, in skeletons. But observing and drawing the skull, the kind of fear I had disappeared. In my work, "Woman", I realized that if the skin and muscles were removed, everyone would have ivory bones, regardless of race or gender. Since then, the skeleton has become a symbol of non-discrimination for me. In this work, I combined a skull with tofu, a daily food, to express that death is part of our lives.I think that accepting the impermanence and insubstantiality of our life will lead to peace of mind, rather than being afraid and not thinking about it.
Title: Woman 2022
Media: Wire, Fiber
Dimension: 70 x 12 x 10cm (27”x5”x4”)
In 2018, I created a work titled woman. When I thought about the differences in race and gender, I realized that if we remove the skin and muscles from the human body, we all have the same ivory bones. And when I put long hair on the skeleton, it looked like a woman to me. I was surprised that I myself have a fixed idea that I have cultivated over many years. This time, after weaving the shape of the skeleton with wire, I planted each hair on the scalp. People who see this work will think that it is a female skeleton from the title and appearance. We feel like we are seeing the real picture as it is, but we are often influenced by things like prejudices that our brain derives from experience. Recognizing this will lead to awareness of various contradictions in modern society, and will lead to the realization of a better society.
Title: Leftover 2021
Media: Silk Gauze, Goose Down, Hair Extension
Size: 22”H x 13”W x 4”D, 55 x 32 x 10 (cm)
I observed a dead bird. The bird lost its shape in four or five days, leaving only bones and feathers at the end. These skulls, hairs and feathers are metaphors of the impermanence and insubstantiality of all life.
Immediately after we die, our bodies begin to decompose. However, if left without cremation, hair and bones will remain. Bones can sometimes be found in burial mounds that are more than 1,000 years old. No matter how rich, how smart, or how beautiful we are, we can only leave ourselves with hair and bones.
There is nothing we can protect forever, so why do we work recklessly, discriminate against others, and go crazy for money? I hope that the desire to leave something behind in this world will be directed to activities that will make the world a better place for the next generation.
Since nature itself is cyclical, I incorporate the idea of reuse, regeneration and recycling.
This work recreates the theme of my previous work, "Leftover", and was made using materials I used last time: silk gauze, reused hair extensions, and goose down from old duvets found at home.
Casting a plastic skull, I made three silk gauze skulls. It is the same method as when making papier-mâché. This time, I planted hair on the skulls' heads and the small chunks of goose down were pierced by hairs. I connected three skulls with a braid at the tip of their hair.