Artist Statement

My work is best described as visual storytelling, between literature and documentation.
I work as a discoverer and investigator of hidden truths in everyday objects using
photography, text, video and installations. Through inspecting the commonplace, such as
culinary culture and spiritual traditions, my work reflects on the human mind operating behind, that has led to shaping the subjects.

The struggle to investigate a quintessence of the cycle of life and death in an enigma of existence is central to my recent practice. ‘Luxury beyond Death‘ series portrays paper
offerings sourced from Vietnamese street markets that are traditionally burnt by relatives at the graves of the deceased with the belief that they will need the same luxury items that they had when they were still living. The project highlights our obsession with
consumerism whilst simultaneously raising questions about what awaits us in the afterlife.

My photography attempts to seduce a broad audience using the subjects’ naturally
grotesque and elaborate forms. They encourage viewers to step in close to read the text, and then step back to look again, more closely and with a more informed eye. Placed on plain backgrounds and extracted from their original context, the subjects escape their
conventional associations. The text aims to lead to disorientation to challenge a viewer’s
perceptions and perspectives.

My body of work is ultimately a set of clues encouraging viewers to invent their own
narrative in order to expand reality and to unravel the complexities staged
by the universe.

 

武村今日子的作品完美的用视觉影像展现出了叙述与记录之间的微妙之处。以发觉者与研究者的角度出发,她运用摄影,文字及影像记录着日常生活中隐藏的真实面。深受日本哲学家池田晶子充满着想象力的思维方式影响的她,通过想象在作品中运用科学,精神和传统文化将形而上学的纬度与我们日常文明生活中最普通的某一部分进行联结。

在作品中她探讨并展现了关于生命与死亡的循环与存在的秘义。比如系列作品“超越死亡的奢华”和 “可回收物品”旨在对人类的日常经历提出另一种理解,例如死亡 有或者换个角度来看事物的变化。

武村试图在摄影作品中运用自然神秘的主题和精致的形式吸引观众。在图像中包含着多个真相,而附注的文字更引起迷思。将事物从它们原本的场景中拿出来放置在朴素的背景之下,主体突然跳脱了传统的概念和联想,对观众认知及观点的进行了一次挑战。

她大部分的作品是一系列引导,令人们产生自发的联想和故事构建的引线,并令我们以此对所在的纷杂世界加以诠释。

 

写真、文章、インスタレーションによって、日常のありふれた事象に潜むものの本質に光を当て、全てが刹那的に存在するこの世界において「あたりまえ」として見過ごされる奇跡を浮かび上がらせる。