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by Suzuki Satomi

installation art, Kyoto and Tokyo JAPAN

A series of art works with Shoin-zukuri, one of the traditional architectural styles in Japan, as its theme. The architectural concept is divided into three parts: partition, cascade and innermost area. Each of them is represented by one piece of art, and displayed in a tokonoma part of a room of a Shoin-zukuri style house (inside gallery space). By moving from one place to another, a viewer would observe the concept of Shoin-zukuri as a moving line in space.

wagashi design, Grand-prix in the Kyogashi Design Award

Traditional Japanese sweets which carry the artistic tradition of the Rinpa School in Japan. It received a grand-prix in a traditional Japanese sweets contest. In traditional Japanese haiku poetry we have the concept of fueki-ryuko which means pursuing something new and different will eventually return us to its eternal value. This sweet in its two layers represents these two elements of fueki-ryuko.

《SHITEN chair》
chair design, Oda Collection, registered design, exhibited the Milano Salone Fuori, Kyoto and Tokyo

This is an art series called "ORI” which creates multiple dimensions by folding a flat surface. What you see is a chair which represents the multiple-distance technique used in ukiyo-e woodblock printing in traditional Japanese art. Although it is made with steel plate as thin as 2mm, its structure can support the weight of a person sitting down on it.

woodblock print, Prize in International Mokuhanga Exhibition

This is a diagonal stripe series. It goes beyond traditional textile expression with the combination of vertical and horizontal threads, and expresses innovation using diagonal stripes. The rich gray color is not based on the combination of black and white, but represents the tasteful Edo period culture called shiju-haccha and hyaku-nezumi (forty-eight brown and one hundred gray) which is the color they enjoyed.

woodblock print, Prize in International Print Triennial Krakow

A woodblock print with a theme of the Rinpa School, which was a significant and historical art movement in the late Momoyama period.

《“ORI” series》
woodblock print

“ORI” series which show multiple-viewpoints and multiple-dimensions learned from ukiyo-e, traditional Japanese woodcut printing

《“ORI” series》
wall paper design and T-shirts

The weakness of wallpaper is that it gets easily detached. This work of art, however, utilizes that unique aspect of wallpaper in its design. It is a wallpaper cloth one can remove and fold.

《banana meets toiletpaper》
woodblock print, Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing CHINA

This displays how Chinese erotic woodblock prints are different from those of Japan. I created this print during my study-abroad in Beijing of traditional woodcut printings.

workshop, Tokyo University of the Arts

From a workshop on making kaleidoscopes using discarded materials. How beautifully materials recycle when they go in sequence shows the sustainable cycle of recycling. I planned and managed this workshop.

kinetic installation, Tohoku University of Art and Designs

A set and exhibition for visitors to throw balloons into a box-shaped monument suspended from an open ceiling space in a building. On the last day of the exhibition the balloons are broken. It was designed as an answer to the question “What are we learning at the College of Fine Art?”

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