Kaoru's thoughts after her residency:
"I am concerned with identity and how its structures are affected by the hidden history and imagination, or times and geographical position. My works are inspired by objects found around me. I research, expand, and understand the history of these objects, and then I use these ideas in my work. To me, knowing the story behind these objects is like passing a time tunnel that connects me to a past I haven’t lived. That’s why the words "I am here, and also I am there" have been an obsession to me for making artworks. My work is presented using multiple approaches, through the mediums of collage, object, installation, and sound art.
During this residency, I tried to understand the Japanese occupation of Singapore. I explored occupation heritages in Singapore, searching for traces of my home country Japan as well as the UK, where I used to live in.
I found some interesting things during this stay, including a book of essays by a scientist written in Japanese and sold only in Singapore, not in Japan. It has two important themes: the history of the National Museum of Singapore and the friendship between Japanese scientists, English scientists, and Singaporeans. I wondered why the book disappeared from Japan even though it has no radical content. Moreover, it was written in Japanese yet now sells only in Singapore. I thought that the story of the scientist might similarly happen to me. This was a starting point of my research.
The actual research and production during the residency was based on the idea to find a connection between the countries: Japan, the UK, and Singapore. I wanted to make a triangular and circulative relation that would connect my individual experience and the hidden history of my country. I made mock-ups of the works during the stay and I completed the works after I came back to Japan."
2008–2005 BFA (Hons), Central Saint Martins Collage of Art and Design
2004–2000 BA in Printmaking, Tama Art University
2012 Easy Travel, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Skin and Map II, Shinzyuku Ganka Garou, Tokyo, Japan
2010 TAMA VIVANT II Poikedo-Jyanai, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
2010 The last picture postcard towards the post, LOOP HOLE, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Codependency, Invisible cities, GalleryQ, Tokyo, Japan
2008 The 8th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan