Aoi Sasai "Quercus"
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Sasai was born in Kanagawa in 1986, and graduated from the Graduate School of Art and Design, Musashino Art University, with a Master's degree in Painting. In the exhibition "Joint Graduation Exhibition of 5 Art Universities in Tokyo" at The National Art Center, Tokyo in 2011, Sasai received attention for a painting which depicted two humorously-shaped trees blowing in the wind, against a grey background suggestive of disquiet.
The motifs chosen and depicted by Sasai are inspired by scenes she has encountered in her daily life. The trees in her new painting "Laurales" is based on an unforgettable memory from her childhood: pale-toned trees that looked like "candy floss", which she saw from a moving car on an expressway in the US. Those trees were in fact completely covered in spider webs, and this odd sight is still embedded in her memory.
Another painting, "Myrica", was painted using motifs inspired by hedges surrounding houses in a residential neighborhood. Sasai is particularly concerned with trees that have been planted, such as hedges that surround private areas or indicate the confines of a premise. Based on the artists' remarks, we can presume that the trees in her paintings stand on the demarcation line between "this world" and "the other world", and are presented as symbols of boundaries.
This exhibition of new works, which will be the first solo show for Sasai, presents approximately six oil paintings and three drawings by this young, promising artist.
[Image: Aoi Sasai "Laurales" (2012) Oil on canvas 181.8 x 227.3cm]
From 2012-06-05 To 2012-08-11