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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This one was taken at night, it looks quite creepy because its unexpected.Image

 

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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