Midori Mitamura

三田村 光土里

"Dramas which people can venture into"


Midori Mitamura has exhibited her spatial artworks widely around the world. Through fieldwork, she structures art installations using various materials such as photos, images, music, language, and found objects. Such installations express "a personal drama into which people can venture", which reflects an intertwining of our personal consciousness. Her artworks metaphorically visualize trails of awkward and endearing emotions drawn from everyone's lives, causing viewers to extend a sense of self, embracing the weakness and sentiment for other beings. Her ongoing art project "Art & Breakfast" is a site-specific project that is a combination of exhibits and breakfast meetings with visitors. Whilst staying in artist residencies, she develops ideas, collects materials, and fills up the space with numerous improvised installations and inspiring quotes responding to her critical point of view towards social and cultural issues.

 

Memories always keep going away from my head leaving only impressions in my mind. I make artworks by skimming only impressions from everyday afterimages that are losing those shapes. Drawn by emotions extracted from people living in foreign countries, people who lived in the past, and also my life and the people around me, I am imaging the presence of absence that are drifting around. Trails of awkward endearing emotions that are close to everyone's lives beyond any cultural differences and borders just appear there. Even records and historical facts also do not present memories but only produce impressions. Cutting out the outlines of reminiscences, the emotions that once stayed there are reflected onto the shaped silhouette as the impressions.

 私たちの記憶は、日々、その輪郭を失い、印象だけが生み出されて行く。遠くに生きる人々やかつて生きていた人々の記録や史実も、今を生きるわたしたちや周りの人々に遺される記憶や追憶の断片も、止まることなく意識の中から去り続ける。日々の残像から浮かび上がる印象からは、その場所に在ったはずの記憶は剥がれ落ち、置き去りにされた感情だけがシルエットとなって漂う。そうしてできた作品は、結びの無い挿話を演じながら、私の目に映る世の中の出来事と内側にかかえるものとの関わりを眺める。歴史や環境、文化やあらゆる境界を越えて表出する、人の普遍的な価値とは何かを探る場所へ足を踏み入れるために。