Marks of Surface
First exhibited in 2018 in Fukui, Japan at the The 30th Imdate Paper Contemporary Art Exhibition, Marks of Surface is a 5-metre tall installation made of two different weights of washi paper, and Miyamori’s tree rubbings. Within the installation, there are two weights of washi, on the outer layer is a thicker washi, while on the inner are multiple layers of gampi. The thinner paper allows for static electricity from visitors to move the paper as it clings onto the person. The translucency of the washi allows for the interactions between the viewer and the installation to envelop and absorb them into a new world within the work. Each tree rubbing was taken from one of the five surrounding shinto shrines in Fukui, connecting them and reaching upward and beyond the earth, radiating physically through the gampi’s interaction with the viewer.
As the washi floats around within the installation and within the person exploring it, the silhouette can be seen from the outside. Entering the installation takes away the details of the person, and brings them bare to their existence from the outside. Miyamori wanted to capture an almost raw essence to humans, as they interact within the installation and feel the energy flow through the gampi, but also feel as if they are connected to others through the same energy.
Later in the year, Marks of Surface travelled from Fukui to Yokohama, Japan, where it was adjusted for Birth-Growth-Recursion at Galerie Paris. Whereas at the exhibition in Fukui, Marks of Surface was a connection to earth through the energy in the washi and its impressive height, Miyamori took the work in conjunction with a performance, to explore time. This version does not have the inner dome, but instead works to explore time and history, through a more active movement within the installation as it represents birth.
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