New room completed: “Artist Room King En”
As the final (31st) in the “Artist in Hotel” project, new Artist Room En is now completed by textile artist Mariko Kobayashi.
[ Message from Artist ]
In the days before the ‘materialistic and information-oriented society’, the Japanese had a receptive sense that “everything in nature has something to do with us”.
It is said there are hundreds of thousands of Shinto shrines in Japan, celebrating all the gods and goddesses. Japanese people find it aesthetically pleasing to be in awe of nature, trying to be together with nature rather than confront it, and their prayers and wishes to get an “en (connection)” may have arisen from this way of life.
For every turn of Fortune’s wheel, there’s a time when you feel you have a secret bond with the “supernatural” beyond your own intentions and choices, which might give you or deny you these “en“, and guide you somewhere else.
I think that in today’s changing times, we’ve forgotten that such inter-relationships do exist. We are connected with everything we encountered so far, and our world will continue to expand as it connects with everything we meet.
I hope that your “en” with Japan, this room, and everything that happens to you in future, will be good.
[ Artist’s Profile ]
Born in Osaka in 1987. Completed graduate course in textile design at Tama Art University. In early childhood, she became interested in various living things, and her interest in the natural environment and animal protection activities grew. In our own lives, artificiality has been increasingly prevalent in recent years, and through art, she has been trying to show our increasingly fragile relationship with living creatures. One of the charms of her work is her unique expression of colors and materials: she breaks her materials and sews them up again, or blacks out what she already did, and paints it again.
Currently, she is actively creating large-scale artworks at places like public facilities so that she can bring her message to even more people.
< Major Activities & Awards >
|2017||Starbucks Coffee Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS (Ginza,Tokyo) / Artwork|
|2016||Satellite Share Office “NewWork” (Kichijoji, Tokyo) / Artwork|
|2015||“Salmon Revival Project” -Roppongi Art Night 2015- (Roppongi, Tokyo) / Workshop|
|2014||Excellence Award / “Tokyo Midtown Award2014” (Tokyo)|
|2012||Fine Work / “Premio Valcellina 2012 MIXING CULTURES” (ITALY)|
|2011||The Best and Katsuhiko Hibino Prize / “15th Flag Art Exhibition in Gifu” (Gifu, Japan)|