Mariko Masuko

Mariko Masumoto / 升本真理子

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I majored in English literature at university. After graduation, I worked for a confectionery manufacturer as a product planner. I took the opportunity to study photography at the photo school for working adults, and began to create my own works. After several projects, being involved in agriculture and the experience of scattering my father's ashes led me to create works on the theme of the cycle of life. I also compose tanka poems and pdoduce collaborative works of photography and tanka poetry.
I temporarily lost vision in my left eye in 2020 and fortunately recovered. Because of this experience, I am currently working on a work of art with light in mind.
大学では英文学を専攻し、卒業後は洋菓子メーカーに商品企画職として就職した。社会人を対象としたフォトスクールで写真を学び、作品作りを始める。その後、個展の開催やグループ展、フォトレビューへの参加等の活動を経て、農業への関わりや父を散骨した経験等から、生命の循環・再生をテーマとした作品を制作するようになった。また、短歌を詠み、写真と短歌のコラボレーション作品も制作している。
2020年に左眼の視力を一時的に失い、快復した経験から、現在は光を意識した作品制作に取り組んでいる。

Activities
・2021 Waves, solaris (group exhibition/Osaka)
・2019 Reincarnation, tokyoartsgallery (group exhibition/Tokyo)
・2013 SPROUT, BREEZE BREEZE (Osaka)
・2012 SPROUT, Gallery PAXREX (Kobe)
・1997 LULLABY, Third Gallery Aya (Osaka)
・1991 PLANTS, On Gallery (Osaka)
Awards
・2021 PX3 Fine Art / Collage bronze winner
・2019 International Photography Awards 2019_Collage category 2nd place

Personal Stetement

Watching the waves come and go, I feel as if I am being purified. It also reminds me of the time when I scattered my father's ashes. On these same beaches, our ancestors used to pray and see God beyond the sea. Waves ceaselessly come in while we meditate on the past and the future. I would like to capture the many waves as light, and express how I prayed and meditated during those times. I recently lost my eyesight temporarily due to an illness, and in the process of recovery, I felt that light is truly a blessing. This work is strongly influenced by my feeling of light at that time.

  寄せては返す波を見ていると、自分が浄化されていくように感じる。そして父を散骨した時のことを想い出す。その同じ浜辺で、かつて祖先たちは祈りをささげ、海の向こうに神を見ていた。過去や未来に様々な思いをめぐらせる間、絶え間なく寄せる波。数多の波を光として捉え、その間に祈り、思いを馳せたことを表現したい。私は最近病気により一時的に視力を失ったが、回復する過程で光とはまさに祝福だと感じた。この作品にはその時の光に対する感覚が強く影響している。

Reincarnation(2019~21)
The works express reincarnation. It is strongly inspired by the fact that I scattered my father's ashes in the sea as he wished. When a wave swept his ashes away in a moment, I realized that the sea is the source of life and the place to return. There are leaps of light and dark, stillness and motion in my works. This implies that everything in life is in transition.
掌にのせた遺灰を、寄せる波が一瞬でさらっていった時、海は生命の源であると同時に還る場所でもあると悟りました。作品には明と暗、静と動などの飛躍があります。そのことによって、生命あるものはすべて移り変わりゆくことを暗示しています。
・Media Size: 505×505mm(19.9×19.9inch) / 403×403mm(15.9×15.9inch)
・Media: CANSON platine fibre rag
・Number of worksː 10
・Project progressː Finished

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