Artist statement and Exhibition history, 2018 

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Iyamari, (b. 1987, Saitama, Japan)

Amsterdam, London, Tokyo-based artist

Founder and director of the TELESCORE PROJECT 

2014  MFA |

Tama Art University, Traditional Japanese Painting Course

2012  BFA  |

Tama Art University, Traditional Japanese Painting Course

Iyamari was born in Japan, where she established herself as a thriving artist. After three well-attended solo shows and successful curation of two exhibitions in Tokyo, she decided to move to London to focus on her new art work, and direct her successive collaborative video art projects.

 

She was born into a family with a long-standing tradition in crafts and handiwork, specialising in making Kiri-tansu (traditional style Japanese chests made out of paulownia wood) and bespoke Kimono fabrics. During her childhood, she spent most of the time in the art studio of her father, a painter.

In spite of her family background, she does not seek a continuation of the traditional artistic or craftmanship ways, but rather she reinterprets the Japanese aesthetics into a new modern art form inspired by traditional Japanese art, underpinned by contemporary scientific reasoning.

 

Her artistic expression spans a variety of media, including multimedia presentations. Notably, she is the founder and director of the Telescore Project, which brings together artists and performers from diverse disciplines, including dance, music, and even software programming.

 

The main themes of her artworks are time and perception, and the creation of a model of “a moment” and human cognisance. Her artistic interest is channeled through the use of trees as mediums of time-keeping - analysing tree ring records linked to the trees' surrounding environment, process of growth, and the time records kept inside of their body.

 

All of her print works are hand printed using various trees’ parts: growth rings cut crossways, cut lengthways and the bark. Almost all of the print works are made using tree stumps or felled wood, and are printed with Sumi ink. This ink is made from animal glue and soot and when it is applied on living trees the glue does not harm them. The idea to use Sumi ink for printing was inspired by the technique used by Japanese tree surgeons for protecting trees against pathogens after unhealthy branches are pruned. The ink prints are displayed on Japanese traditional paper.

Solo Exhibitions 

2018

Stay - , Millennium Art Gallery, London, UK

2016

Ma, Kunugi Gallery, Tokyo

2015

Touch the Boundaries, Fujiya Gallery, Tokyo 

2014

I Can See, But I Can't See, Ginza retro gallery Musee, Tokyo

/ 5 shows

Theatre Show

2018

Telescore Theatre Show, John Lyon's Theatre in City lit, London, UK

Organised the theatre show of the “Telescore Project,” in collaboration with four dancers from Japan, Scotland, Wales and England

/ participated as a curator and an artist

Curated Exhibitions 

Telescore Project – Opening Exhibition, Shibuya Hiarie 8/-Show case aiima, Tokyo  

2016

Organised the opening exhibition of the “Telescore Project,” in collaboration with a dancer Norihito Ishii from the Sankai-jyuku butoh dance company

2015

Beyond the Farthest Plane, Akibatamabi21/3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo

- Sponsored by Tama Culture Reconstruction Foundation

- Exhibition featured in Japanese newspaper The Nikkei

Group Exhibitions

2019

SDGs × ART  by JCI, 5&33 gallery in Art'otel, Amsterdam, NL

2019

Evolving the Forest by Royal forestry and Art.erth, Dartington Hall, Devon, UK

2015

TAMA VIVANT II-LIBERAL ART, Parthenon Tama, Tokyo

2013

Matsuribayashi, Sato Museum, Tokyo

2011

Minuma no mi! -Thinking at the edge of water, Green art team, Saitama

2008

Angyou hyakka ten, Green art team, Saitama 

/ 22 shows

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