©2019 Maiko Sugano Built with Indexhibit

I make my art to express gratitude and respect for nature. I combine wood, steel, and stone for my outdoor sculpture. And I use the techniques of traditional Japanese wood working for the structure and the shape. At times I create a sculpture the size of a small house, allowing a small number of people to enter. You are surrounded by the beautiful sounds and smells of nature and can have tea. I call it a sculpture for tea and it relates to the Asuka masonry of Nara prefecture. As I make my art pieces I feel the flow of time. I can imagine clearly people moving around the sculptural artifact which has a human scale.

I am impressed by the mystery of Asuka masonry. No one knows how and when the ancient people use their artifacts. However, I can feel contact through my hand and senses. I am always inspired by the length of time into the past and the images. I imagine ancient people with peaceful minds having tea there on the site.

I have studied the connections between western contemporary art and Japanese art. Both provide pleasure for our eyes but there are differences in context. That is because of the differences of philosophy and the attitude toward nature that was cultivated long ago.

I am studying how contemporary art can be used by people in the present day in their style of life. Especially, how to present the art in the conventional Japanese house. I focus on the garden to appreciate the traditional Japanese way to present art. On the other hand, a gallery space with white walls, imported from western countries, is a very useful way to present art. My aim is to mix contemporary art with Japanese traditional aesthetics to lead people to engage with nature in a new way.



ドメスティックな場所と生活にまつわる行為、および、それに付随するかたちについて、とくに美術とイメージが関与する部分を検証しながら制作しています。生活空間における無意識的な領域を作為的にすることや、イメージが作用する「かたち」と「しつらい」の創作活動を続けています。