A writer who "sews" close to the time when leaves and shells have passed
(TOP image) << Memory of the Mountain >> (Part) 2019-2020 Petals, leaves, branches, fruits, seeds, fruit skins, threads, cloth, photographs (5-piece set), photographed by Shintaro Yamanaka [Qsyum! ]
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File.30 "Mariko Fence Exhibition | Sewing Life"
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal editorial department)
I was curious about the title of the exhibition scheduled at the Museum of Yokohama Museum of Art this spring. It feels like a heavy world, but I also feel the honest cuteness from the attached work image.
What the hell is this in the first place?
The exhibition was postponed due to the influence of the corona, so the summer ended without solving the mystery.
And finally, the time has come to solve the mystery. "New Artist Picks" Mariko Fence Exhibition | Sewing Life "" has been decided!
Before the opening on Saturday, November 14th, I had the opportunity to talk to the writer Mariko Fence, so I went out with excitement.
Mr. Fence, who was originally interested in fashion. Difficult to actually create what you imaginedI want to learn "manufacturing" because I felt the essence. However, he said that he had no choice but to choose woodworking because there was no textile in the craft area of the University of Tsukuba School of Arts. It's a very unique life.
"Of course, there were many people around me who made" beauty "such as vessels and chairs. Under such circumstances, I thought," What can I do? " "Sew". I grew up with my grandmother who was an embroidery teacher, so I wanted to do the "sew" that my favorite grandmother always did. "
And the "sew wood" series was born.
* "Sew wood" series exhibition scene Photo: Shintaro Yamanaka [Qsyum!]
"I like things that are time-lapsed like annual rings and that feel the passage of time. Make holes with a drilling machine to follow the annual rings and grain, and sew while following the holes. At the time when the tree has lived I sew earnestly while thinking and snuggling up. Maybe I'm enjoying the world of time play. "
It is said that the bark of the tree may come off or be chipped during the production because of the natural material. Such debris is also carefully sewn with a needle and thread.
"Sometimes it's chipped on the way, but I think it's an interesting task to sew it."
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Mr. Fence, who grew up in Sajima, Yokosuka, likes the sea and has a lot of shells in his house as well as pieces of wood. Of course, we also sew seashells.
"It's interesting to feel from the material, and I just pick up a lot of things. I've been warned by my family that there may be something in it, so be careful" (laughs), but as a work As I work on it, I feel that the story of the material blends in, and I think that feeling is also interesting. "
* << Prototype of shellfish >> (part) 2020 Shellfish, thread Photo: Shintaro Yamanaka [Qsyum!]
If you look side by side with these, I feel that the works used for the DM of the exhibition have a slightly different impression. That should be it, it seems that this is the time with my grandmother who died last year. My grandmother's favorite trainer was the flowers in the garden, mint leaves, her cat's hair, and her grandmother's hair. It is said that it is a work that sews the feeling of "Thank you" with many memories.
* 《Ito no Hi-2》 (Part) 2019 Petals, leaves, silver thread, hair, cat hair, grandmother's trainer Writer's collection Photo: YamanakaShintaro [Qsyum!]
"Flowers and leaves may fade and crumble over time, but I want to keep the" hand marks "when sewing. It was spring when I brought my work to the museum. The colors and textures may have changed now, but the changes are also interesting. It's a very private work, so I was hesitant to release it, but it's a good opportunity to think about something. I think
While the exhibition was postponed, Mr. Fence gave birth to his second child. When I visited, I was working on a new work from an idea that came to my mind when I gave birth. The material I chose was the cotton dress I wore when I gave birth.
"There is a lot of bleeding at the moment of childbirth. I think many people have a" scary "image of blood, but I was very relieved at that time. With the baby in my stomach. The sense of security that he came out. And that blood also changes over time. I'm sewn that feeling. "
Mr. Fence has sewn pieces of wood, flowers, shells, and memories of his deceased family. The next creative theme may be toward the newly sprouted "life."
New Artist Picks
Mariko Fence Exhibition | Sewing Life
[Session] November 14th (Sat) -12Monday 13th (Sun) 11: 00-18: 00
* Café Ogurayama is from 10:45 to 18:00
[Venue] Museum of Yokohama Art Gallery 1, Café Ogurayama
[Organizer] Museum of Yokohama Museum of Art (Yokohama City Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation)
[Cooperation] GALERIE PARIS, Café Ogurayama
[Inquiry] 045-221-0300 (Yokohama Museum of Art)
Yokohama Museum of Art opened to the public on November 3, 1989. It is one of the largest art institutions in Japan. With its iconic architecture, featuring the expansive space of the Grand Gallery, the museum is made up of a total of seven gallery spaces, as well as an Art Information and Media Center that holds over 110,000 art-related books, ateliers hosting a wide range of workshops for children and adults, and many other facilities.
Located in the international seaport city of Yokohama, the museum focuses on collecting and showing modern and contemporary art created since the late 19th century, when the port of Yokohama opened, alongside many special exhibitions.
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