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My work combines the contemporary with the ancient to explore themes that transcend time. I work in the contemporary medium of large-scale digital prints with collage elements, and draw on traditional themes from Japanese and East Asian culture in developing my imagery. In order to explore my Japanese roots, I began looking at history, folklore, and myths, which led me to become interested in how these things have been passed down and become integrated with contemporary culture. As a result, I create work that experiments with visually connecting the past, present, and future.
My most recent body of work is based on the Kojiki, the oldest record of Japanese history in existence. Entitled “Genesis of Japan,” this series envisions the present as a continuation of ancient myths and history. I both travel to the locations mentioned in these myths and historical records to take on-site photographs, and shoot staged scenes where I pose as characters from the story, styling the hair/makeup and fashion specifically for each story or scene. Elements from these various photographs are then collaged digitally and finally printed on large-format inkjet printers. Once printed, I apply traditional materials such as gold/silver/copper leaf and paint to complete the surface.
These works began as an exploration of my roots, my identity, and the ancient stories from my culture, but they have developed into a search for, and representation of, universal truths that can be found in the ancient but which transcend time. My use of digital media is purposeful, aimed at prolonging the physical lifespan of the work: when data is continuously saved in the newest form of technology available, it can avoid deterioration and hopefully be preserved for posterity, contributing to the passing down of the cultural heritage my imagery explores. When future generations see my work, my present will have become their past, and perhaps they will add their own twist to these images. Envisioning how the work might be perceived in the future fuels my imagination as I create.
[About] Digital and Mixed Media Artist based in Japan. I got inspiration from history, myths, religion, etc. and I am producing works. Combining of tradition and innovation is most important subject for me.
Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design Musashino Art University, Tokyo,Japan
2017 Winner | Salon d’Automne2017 Paris, France
2016 Special Jury Award | TAGBOAT ART FES2016 Tokyo Design Week, Japan
2015 Finalist Prize | Asia Digital Art Award2015, Japan
2013 The highest award | SONEDAYU surrealism and beauty Award 2013, Japan
2012 Jury Prize | Kitakyushu Digital Creator Contest 2012, Japan, etc.
2018 VENEZIA ART EXPO Exhibition of Nations | Venezia, Italy
2018 NEW ARTIST UNITE EXHIBITION 2018 | The NATIONAL ART CENTER TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan
2017 MILAN BIENNAL OF ART International Contemporary Art 2017 | MAD GALLERY MILANO,
Milano,Italy 2017 Salon d’Automne2017 | Paris, France 2017 ART FAIR Independent TAIPEI | Songshan Cultural Park,Taipei, Taiwan 2015 The41st ARTEX- NEW YORK 2015 | WORD- NASSE GALLERY, NY, America 2014 Miami Art Week Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 | SPECTRUM Mami, America 2013 Asia Digital Art Award Bangkok 2013 | The National Science Museum, Bangkok, Thailand 2013 Asia Digital Art Award 2012 | Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan 2012 Saori Kashimura Solo Exhibition | The Art Complex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, etc.