Iyamari, (b. 1987, Saitama, Japan)
Amsterdam, London, Tokyo-based artist
Founder and director of the TELESCORE PROJECT
2012 BFA, 2014 MFA |
Tama Art University, Traditional Japanese Painting Course
Iyamari is a Japanese contemporary artist with a thriving career going back as far as 2008. After a number of well-attended solo shows and successful curation and direction of exhibitions, and theatre dance performances in Tokyo and London, Iyamari moved to Amsterdam in 2019.
Iyamari was born into a family with long-standing traditions in crafts and handiwork, specialising in making Kiri-tansu (traditional style Japanese chests made out of paulownia wood) and bespoke Kimono fabrics. During childhood, Iyamari spent most of the time in the art studio of their father, a professional painter. In that unique environment, Iyamari organically assimilated the way of how to reinterpret the Japanese aesthetics into a modern art form.
While possessing a background in traditional handcrafts and Japanese painting techniques, Iyamari uses these skills in a new and experimental, more expressive manner, underpinned by contemporary scientific reasoning. The artist empathised with Jakob von Uexküll and incorporated his basic ideas into their own thoughts and creation.
Iyamari’s main artwork themes are 'Time and Perception', with focus on creating a discernible model of “a moment", to try to point out, and reach beyond, the boundaries of the limited human cognisance, expanding and complementing it.
For those reasons, natural materials play an important role in Iyamari's artworks as mediums of time-visualization, especially trees and stones - they contain records of the surrounding environment, process of growth, and retain the records of time inside of their body.
Almost all of the materials are of natural origin and are typically framed in recycled vintage traditional daily items that are repaired and repurposed by Iyamari, who ensures the respect for the old craftsmen and their skill are preserved. Some of the items lasted over decades and their time-related deterioration has become a part of the artworks themself.
Iyamari's print works are hand printed with Sumi ink, using tree stumps or felled wood. The ink is made from animal glue and soot, so when it is applied to living trees the glue does not harm them. (The idea to use Sumi ink for printing was inspired by the traditional technique used by Japanese tree surgeons for protecting trees against pathogens after unhealthy branches are pruned.) The prints are displayed on Japanese traditional paper - Washi - known as the strongest paper in the world. That type of paper makes it particularly practical to transfer organic shapes of wood pieces.
The artistic expression of Iyamari spans a variety of media, including multimedia presentations. Notably, Iyamari 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.
Stay - , Millennium Art Gallery, London, UK
Ma, Kunugi Gallery, Tokyo
Touch the Boundaries, Fujiya Gallery, Tokyo
I Can See, But I Can't See, Ginza retro gallery Musee, Tokyo
/ 5 shows
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
Telescore Project – Opening Exhibition, Shibuya Hiarie 8/-Show case aiima, Tokyo
Organised the opening exhibition of the “Telescore Project,” in collaboration with a dancer Norihito Ishii from the Sankai-jyuku butoh dance company
Beyond the Farthest Plane, Akibatamabi21/3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
- Exhibition featured in Japanese newspaper The Nikkei
Colour of Life by Focus Art Fair, FOLD Gallery and Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
SDGs × ART by JCI, 5&33 gallery in Art'otel, Amsterdam, NL
Evolving the Forest by Royal forestry and Art.erth, Dartington Hall, Devon, UK
TAMA VIVANT II-LIBERAL ART, Parthenon Tama, Tokyo
Matsuribayashi, Sato Museum, Tokyo
Minuma no mi! -Thinking at the edge of water, Green art team, Saitama
Angyou hyakka ten, Green art team, Saitama
/ 23 shows