About Chiaki Kamikawa
Born in 1976, Kawasaki, Japan
Lives and works in Paphos, Cyprus
My work explores the realm of reality and fantasy. I create imagery inspired by everyday experiences and scenes and visualize them into drawings and sculptures. In my work, I deal with recollections of life, dream, hidden desires and irrational human behaviours. My work also addresses the issues of the border between the private and public, handlings of human emotions and questions of correctness that are deeply rooted in Japanese society. Often these themes are combined into drawings that feature dramatic scenes with surreal occurrences and unexplainable orders of things. The grey tone of the drawings and sculptures establishes the dream-like quality. It also suggests notions of nostalgia and detachment from the past.
I usually begin a piece with an image in mind and build up the whole picture gradually by inserting different fragments of images and letting them amalgamate until it comes to an entity. The challenge is to maintain the original intention through the end result, and at the same time, be responsive to the improvised accident within the making process.
When using pencil, graphite and paper, I repeat drawing and erasing until I achieve the desired lines and shapes. Erased marks stay as back layers of the drawing, and strengthen the outcome with depth. This layering conveys my thoughts and insights before finalizing the image. I tend to ignore rules such as scales, proportions and perspective in order to allow images to flow in the canvas, encouraging free integrations amongst fragmental images.
In three-dimensional works, I challenge the recreation of layering as in drawings and furthermore try to incorporate space as another factor in the imagery. Within three-dimensional space, I intend to accomplish the illusionary experience. In other words, I investigate the possibilities of importing phantasm to the reality.
2005-2007 MFA Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000-2003 BA(Hons)Jewellery, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Selected group exhibitions:
Checking in, Design Week at the Lloyd Hotel,Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Dreaming, Wetering Galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
one; & the other painting, W139/Basement, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Scope New York Art Fair (with Artspace Witzenhausen gallery), New York, USA
Art Rotterdam Art Fair (with Artspace Witzenhauzen gallery), Rotterdam, Netherlands
Reading Drawings: Narrative in Contemporary art
and comics, Galerie Sign, Groningen, Netherlands
Anonymous Drawing 2, Bluitenweiss, Berlin, Germany
Pass the words, pass the drawings, Horse Move Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kunst Vlaai 06, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005-2007 Japanese Ministry of cultural affairs artists scholarship
DRAWING NOW -Paris- artfair
25-28 March, 2011
Caroussel du Louvre, Paris
Stand B4 Galerie d'YS