|| PD x EARTH
Kasumi Tsukuba Center, Ibaraki,
Left to right: "Layers of spaces", "Trunk",
"Shopping Tree" *
more pictures taken at this exhibition...
* 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
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