Japan: キノコの魔法 Magic Mushroom Part 2!

 

 

 

Here are the close ups from my previous blogs installation. The installation is still being exhibited at my university Kyoto Seika. The close ups show the human faces and forms that are infiltrating into the grassy landscape. The mushrooms with human form represent the fear of gaijin/ foreign culture invading Japan.  
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Japan: キノコの魔法 Magic Mushroom!

I have had a nice exhibition I’m half way through now at Kyoto Seika University. They have given me a space to exhibit my work; a recent installation of clay mushrooms painted pastel pink. In a previous blog I talked about what was behind the idea of mushrooms here

So here are some pictures taken at Seika:

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I like the subtly to this installation, I watched a few reactions and there were a lot of double takes as the colour looks practically like it could just be flowers then it becomes clearer that the objects are man made in the shape of mushrooms then you start to notice the human features of some of the mushrooms. To be documented further soon! Thank you!

Caught in Corsage

Caught in Corsage

I collaborated for a very short photo shoot with my friend Casey Crockford from the Australian National University. We wanted to create an image using the flower mask I used in my performance. The image is meant to express the feeling of being trapped in a theme; this theme was flowers. This work is actually part of a small photo series Casey is creating. I’m really happy with this image, it captured a surreal but also fashionable aesthetic. The mask is from ‘Japan: Performance piece’. I should be posting the full costume soon and updating on new work and hopefully an installation exhibit within Kyoto Seika University.

Casey Crockford:
http://kyotoseikasekai.wordpress.com/ Her exchange blog
http://www.lariencelebrindal.deviantart.com/ Her DeviantArt

Japan: Performance piece part 1.

I was asked by my Sensei to perform as in front of the class with the theme ‘plants’, she described the task as ‘using your body under the theme of plant.’ I didn’t know what to expect as performance art isn’t compulsory on my course. Everyone in my class (3rd year sculpture) had a performance to present, there were 3 presentation days, April 15th (arrange put in order), April 23rd (plants), April 30th (listen). I have no idea what the other two presentations are about. My tutor told me to pick one then present. Before the date I was making a different work that is incomplete. I think I’ll present it separately, I’d like to get permission to install it somewhere on campus.

As the clay work was incomplete and not very performative I decided to use the same concept in a simpler way.

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I got the idea for the original concept when I noticed the plethora of medical masks in Japan. The masks are scary to me as I actually have maskaphobia, I don’t like when people cover there faces as the lack of expression and emotion is creepy to me. Anyway, the masks are worn to prevent people from getting germs and also when people are sick and want to politely reduce the risk of passing illness on. When you’re in Japan for a long period of time it truly sinks in how much people wear them and how aware people are here of germs. I think that Japan has mysophobia (fear of germs), the amount of products and wastefulness that goes into cleaning here is absurd. I had the idea to make a mask covered in fake bright pink flowers, the idea being connected to the plant theme, I wanted to make a visual for germs and then when I wear the mask I’m able to touch the ‘germs’.

I decided to use mushrooms as a visual for germs, I wanted to make them pink to match the mask to have a surreal affect. Here are the mushrooms I used in the performance:

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They are made from Fimo clay, the designs are all mismatching and abstract.

I was inspired by Nishiyama Minako ‘s work, her main theme is the colour pink. She is actually my tutor at Seika!  She made this fantastic installation using the Japanese barbie ‘Rika-chan’ on a poster around the city and the a number underneath implying its a sex add. Nishiyama told me she sees a connection between pink as a cute colour and a beautiful colour with the sex industry  in Japan. If someone called the number there would be a cute girly voice answering, the calls were recorded and you could listen in during the exhibition.

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My other visual inspiration were Pip & Pop who create crazy coloured candy sweet installations. The work is beautiful and very surreal.

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Exotic Japan! An Exchange

Exotic Japan! An Exchange

I started my exchange at Kyoto Seika University on the 8th of April. I have seen many wonderful things. I shall post some but it is more important to post my art. This will be coming soon! Expect a lot of mushrooms. Sorry for my lateness in posting!

Vyner Studio First Thursday – Lolita Surgery

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I started working for Vyner Studio, a gallery in Vyner Street, Bethnal Green from June and I was asked to take part in a first Thursday exhibition on the first Thursday of July. This was a really exciting opportunity for me not only as an artist but also to see how the gallery works. I provided some text and an image of my work from Hyper Japan for the advert and the exhibition was up and running a day before I went to Paris! I had an amazing time on the night, I got to meet other artists and the general public and had very positive feedback from my installation. I exhibited my ‘Lolita Surgery’ table and some photographs from previous installations. The table worked really well in a gallery space and I preferred the space I was given. Here is the advert I helped produce;

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Here is the exhibition:

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Thanks for reading, and thank you Vyner Studio!

Sculpture Catwalk at Asahi Anime Festival Brighton

Asahi Anime Festival Brighton

I had a very exciting opportunity to use my sculptures in a catwalk focusing on lolita fashion. It was my first time curating a catwalk by myself and I wanted to use the same sort of concept as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s catwalk in Paris which was a mixture between cult party kei, punk, lolita and fairy kei fashion. I used the songs Starships – Niki Minaj and Pon Pon Pon – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu remixed together by Matt Milward. It went really well with the styles the catwalk featured.

The sculptures are meant to capture the style and in a small way the personality of the model.

“Japanese Street Fashion Show

Saturday 30th June, 3:30pm

We’ve seen Japan’s Lolita fashion trend grow in recent years, but have you ever seen Mori Girl or Cult Party Kei? Curated by Lolita fashionista and artist Emma Chipperfield, the show will combine Japan’s newest, exciting street styles with Lolita fashion. Styles that stand out as not typically lolita and that are exciting and new! The catwalk will feature an installation using soft toy-like sculptures inspired by Yayoi Kusama – each toy will accent the street style modeled. Pat Lyttle, author of the book ‘Japanese Street Style’ will also give a short talk before the show.”

Some photo’s and jewellery courtesy of Roxie Sweetheart

The Catwalk

Thank you to all the models and the staff from the festival. It was a really fun project!

Performance: Lolita and the Doe

I wrote an essay describing what I wanted this performance piece to mean and what I wanted from it visually.

Performance Lolita and the Doe

This music can be found here:

The video will be coming soon. Here are images of the sculpures;

Hyper Japan: Lolita Surgery

Interactive fashion installation at Hyper Japan Spring 2012!

Hyper Japan’s fashion information!

I wanted to create a fantasy installation with sculptures inspired by Japanese fashion’s like lolita. In Japanese street fashion, outfits often feature themes like nurses, syringes and medical motifs. I liked this contrast of cross between a typically fetish theme, kawaii (cute) culture and medical equipment considered sinister. Medical equipment can commonly cause entetophobia and tryanophobia, I wanted this concept of scary items being made edible and cute! Theres an accessibility to this piece of work; it allows the viewer to touch the sculptures and interact seeing close up details and also to have photos immersed in the installation. It’s an expressive piece welcoming people into my world. I was heavily influenced by Yayoi Kusama and I feel this piece is very surrealist.

My friends Wing and Tania were my cute nurses!

Also I was a presenter and a model in the Hyper Japan Frills and Frolics Catwalk, I helped come up with the concept of using lots of different styles from Japan instead of just lolita. It was a great catwalk!

Lolita Art in the Park Installation

This installation was put together during my Foundation year at City and Guilds of Arts London. I wanted to express the feeling of wearing lolita but being part of a different world that contrasts with my fashion style. It’s about the fashion becoming a form of escapism, for me its an addiction and something I love passionately. It’s hard to understand the feeling if you aren’t obsessed, so this installation is meant to express that beautiful high. The setting is London because before I moved I dreamed of escaping to London where I imagined there would be more activity and I could study art. It’s really a celebratory installation which is why I wanted my friends to sit at the table with me embracing their love of lolita and their own escapism.