Saki Sumida “Everlasting Bloom”
[Image: "Baby's Breath at the Entrance" (2017)]
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Previously, Saki Sumida produced incongruous images where elements from fashion advertisements, souvenir snaps, tourism advertisements or scenes from mythological stories are integrated into traditional Japanese culture or landscape on the surface of her paintings. These works at once question the notion of “original culture” and faithfully depict the contemporary Japanese cultural landscape where various cultures are blended with each other, as observed by this artist born in the 1980s.
In this show, Sumida will present new works that, while maintaining her characteristic cynical mood, depict the sense of distance between the news of incidents such as natural disasters, wars and accidents, and her own life seen through the fragments of everyday scenes. The artist has begun to spend more time at home, having given birth to her child which she now looks after. This has meant her daily life is spent primarily away from the mass of information that exists in the social sphere. She discusses this lack of information, which as triggered the change in her sense of distance to the outside world, in her work. This change has prompted her to be conscious about the calmness of her being, where days pass without dramatic occurrences that radically alter her life, such as war, natural disasters, bullying, crime or serious illness. Moreover, it has pushed her to reflect upon the fortunate and privileged circumstance of her life as a member of the generation that never experienced war.
Where one’s sense of danger is unconsciously blunted, often satirized as “peace senility,” people tend to wistfully believe that bad things never happen to them, even if there is a remote fear of a disaster striking at any time in the back of their mind. Sumida describes such a state of mind as “the flower that stays in bloom forever.” In these new paintings, the sense of distance to the actual incidents that are happening in the outside world are expressed as arrangements of fragments from the artist’s life that suggest the impending disaster lurking beneath the veneer of the everyday.
from March 03, 2018 to April 07, 2018