Exhibitions | 1998
Kasumi Tsukuba Center, Ibaraki, Japan

Left to right: "Layers of spaces", "Trunk", "Shopping Tree" *
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* All photos by Sadamu Saito

Keiko Miyamori's "exchange art" project entitled "PD x Earth" is being exhibited at the Kasumi Tsukuba Center. In mid- August about a month and a half before the opening, I met Ms. Miyamori and asked her what she meant by "exchange art?" During our hour-long interview about her mode of expression, for some strange reason, I felt a longing for my teenage days. There are hardly any people nowadays (myself included) who, within the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives, detect the sensitivity of those images that leave their marks on our hearts at any given time, at any given place. Recently, I have become envious of Miyamori's consciousness of the fact that within our present society, these are fresh and important aspects - yet they only from singular elements of our daily lives.

A Keen Sensitivity
Anyone can do frottage, which is an artistic technique pasting a sheet of paper to a surface, such as a wall or tree, and rubbing charcoal on the surface of the paper. This produces an image that appears on the surface of the paper. This technique brought back memories of elementary school when in the middle of class, we would absently doodle on scrap paper or on our notebooks, or when tests were finished and we were waiting for the time to be up, we would doodle on the answer sheet.

Images of Exchange?
An "exchange" in this frottage work? As we examined the work together, Miyamori explained, "My intention was to show that each frottage work brings together things that you cannot see. The spaces connect with the imagination and creation that exist in our minds. The energy of that particular point in time and space, briefly, a fragment of one's existence, is exchanged. My aim is to show how, different from the norm, these spaces merge and move on through existence."

Indeed, this art has expression! I then started to see how the relationship between location and space moved and merged together. To be sure, when I looked at the artwork with its collection of frottaged images and imagined the location, I interpreted it as the exchange of spaces. Certainly one must approach Miyamori's artwork with a delicate sense of intellectual imagination.

The place where layers of space are represented
Small fragments of washi paper made by people who have attend this exhibition (from September 13 to 15) are also on display. Here, within our daily lives, each impression that remains of the surfaces of place, space and time have been imprinted through frottage to create layers of space. Also in this exhibition, Miyamori has assembled cross-sections of the area occupied by the city of Tsukuba, changing our impression of space. I am looking forward to seeing how other viewers will have their intellctual creative powers expanded by conceiving how "layers of space" are depicted.

Text by Yoshikazu Fujita, October 1998