Midori Mitamura

三田村 光土里

"Dramas which people can venture into"


My installations are structured by diverse presentations using various materials such as photos, images, music, language, and found objects that lost those original functions. Also, they represent  "dramas which people can venture into" and reflect their inner stories into my artworks. My critical point of views try to reveal various issues among our societies, human lives and histories in my installations and they depict intricate intertwining of personal consciousness that freely travels back and forth between the boundaries of reality and fiction. Drawn by emotions extracted from people living in foreign countries, people who lived in the past, and the people around me, I mirror the absence of erstwhile memories that are drifting around. Trails of awkward endearing emotions that are close to everyone's lives beyond any cultural differences and borders just appear there. 


Memories always keep going away from my head leaving only impressions in my mind. I make artworks by skimming only impressions from everyday afterimages that are losing those shapes. Drawn by emotions extracted from people living in foreign countries, people who lived in the past, and also my life and the people around me, I am imaging the presence of absence that are drifting around. Trails of awkward endearing emotions that are close to everyone's lives beyond any cultural differences and borders just appear there. Even records and historical facts also do not present memories but only produce impressions. Cutting out the outlines of reminiscences, the emotions that once stayed there are reflected onto the shaped silhouette as the impressions.

 わたしの作品は、個人的な記憶や記録から浮かび上がる「印象」の断片を物語に見立て、主人公不在の舞台装置のような空間に、わたしたち人間の不器用で愛しい細々(こまごま)とした感情や痛みを投影しようとする。わたしはこれを「人が足を踏み入れられる日常のドラマ」と例え、写真、映像、音楽、言葉、日用品の断片など、様々な素材を組み合わて、現実と非現実との境界を往き来する「不在感」を空間に映し出そうとしている。
 私たちの記憶は、日々、その輪郭を失い、印象だけが生み出されて行く。遠くに生きる人々やかつて生きていた人々の記録や史実も、今を生きるわたしたちや周りの人々に遺される記憶や追憶の断片も、止まることなく意識の中から去り続ける。日々の残像から浮かび上がる印象からは、その場所に在ったはずの記憶は剥がれ落ち、置き去りにされた感情だけがシルエットとなって漂う。そうしてできた作品は、結びの無い挿話を演じながら、私の目に映る世の中の出来事と内側にかかえるものとの関わりを眺める。歴史や環境、文化やあらゆる境界を越えて表出する、人の普遍的な価値とは何かを探る場所へ足を踏み入れるために。