GALLERY

Saya Irie

b. 1983 ; Okayama, Japan

Irie's unique works are full of new found value in everyday goods and personal belongings by focussing on the pure story behind the roots of each material. She creates small delicate objects by erasing surface images of bank notes and packages of sweets and using the left overs from the eraser to sculpt 3D replicas of the iconographies formerly decorating the objects.

STATEMENT

Despite of the universal principle that flora, fauna and minerals have limited life, I believe that even after losing its shape there is no end to life inhabiting any matter. My concept is based on the idea that life continues to exist in an unperceivable sphere, even when the outer shape changes.

For instance, by re-shaping a dinosaur out of a shoe sole made of fossil fuel I express the journey of the material from past to present. Further, by erasing the image printed on bank notes and using the rubber leftover to accurately resculpt the figure, I want to show how easily the absolute value of the bank note can be eliminated. The uniqueness of my work lies in the constant search of the essence in the subject.

As seen in the fundamental idea of reincarnation in Buddhism, things too may continue to circulate by endlessly changing their outer appearance.

I receive inspiration for my works from everyday life and their ties to the distant past.


1983
Born in Okayama, Japan. Lives and works in Hiroshima
2010-2012
Research Assistant Fellow, Hiroshima City University

2009
MFA, Hiroshima City University, Faculty of Ar
2008
Foreign exchange student at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Berlin German
2007
BFA, Hiroshima City University, Faculty of Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
"Shiseido Art Egg 6: Daily Happiness" Shiseido Gallery / Tokyo, Japan
2011
"Every day day" curated by Okamoto Yoshie, Space ZERO / Hiroshima, Japan
2010
"Daily Earth" the center for creative communications / Shizuoka, Japan

PROJECTS & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
"TSUSHIMA ART FANTASIA 2011" Tsushima / Nagasaki, Japan
"Between Scrap and Build" Miyajima / Hiroshima, Japan
2010
"Rokko Meets Art 2010" Mt. Rokko / Hyogo, Japan
"The 13th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art" Taro Okamoto Museum / Kanagawa, Japan
"ARTJAM TOKYO 2010" NADiff A/P/A/R/T / Tokyo, Japan
"HiroshimArt" Yoshijima / Hiroshima, Japan
2009
"Kippo Maru: exploring inside the ship!" Yoshijima / Hiroshima, japan
2008
"Hiroshima Art Project 2008 CAMP HIROSHIMA" Old Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch / Hiroshima, Japan
"Hiroshima Art Project 2008 CAMP BERLIN" Berlin, Germany
2007
"Hiroshima Art Project 2007 GELDSCHEISSER IN VAULT

PRIZES

2012
"Shiseido Art Egg 6", First Prize
2010
"Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art"
"ROKKO MEETS ART 2010"
2009
"AMUSE ARTJAM in Kyoto 2009", Special Award from Chie Morimoto
2007
"Re-Act New Art Competition 2007 Re-Act", Special Award from Taro Amano
2005
"DESIGNERS WEEK 2005", Special Award from Fujitsu

COLLECTION

Hiroshima City University