SAYA KUBOTA - THE ART OF MARCASITE
Incredible. Artful. Ephemeral. Japanese artist Saya Kubota re-envisions Swarovski Marcasite as a creative material and is currently holding the solo exhibition at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London.
Saya Kubota presents new bodies of work around memory and physical traces of the past which, although they have seemingly altered in form or even to have disappeared, still persist in the present time and space. From modified paintings to an unusual postal service, they signal what their material existences might have witnessed. The solo exhibition at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will present her two different bodies of works: Material Witness and the Missing Post Office UK. Dilapidated portraitures and abandoned objects, all items which were once cherished, are perceived as material images of art by Kubota’s hands.
Art Pieces Made With Swarovski Marcasite
The artist overlaps the work of the original makers with her creative input, such that eyes are masked with fractal Swarovski Marcasite stones that disperse lights and binoculars are embellished and anthropomorphised as a potential extension of the human body.
Fotocredit 1: Old canvas portrait adorned with Swarivski Marcasite, Fotocredit 2: Binoculars made with Swarovski Marcasite
ABOUT Saya Kubota
Saya Kubota was born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1987, and is a PhD candidate at Tokyo University of the Arts. She was the artist-in-residence at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2015. Kubota’s practice revolves around memory and physical traces of the past, which although they have seemingly altered in form or even to have disappeared, are still sustained in the present time and space. She is the winner of 2014 Terada Art Award.
DATES 20 Jan 2016 to 22 Feb 2016
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP
Organized by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation