Aya Kawaguchi

"Updating Scene"

 

I am interested in the relationship between the actual objective experience of seeing and the subjective interpretation of the same scene. The simple definition of the word "scene" also includes both physical scenes as well as a psychological integration with "harmonious nature." This dualism became an important departing point for me to investigate and deconstruct my experience with specific scenes. Upon encountering a scene which I may find beautiful or pleasing, I ask myself what it is that I was looking at in this specific landscape and find fragments of self with in that landscape. This might include something that I heard, something that I saw, memories, experiences, etc.

Through this recognition of fragmented self within a landscape, I start to build my art works.

With my recent project, I have been using my photographs as an initial point of departure, to which I may add or subtract information. Through this repeated process of addition and subtraction, I try to transform an original photograph into a more personal and meaningful state. In short, artwork for me has been my process of investigation to find my subjective experience with a landscape as well as my life as a whole.

 

Aya Kawaguchi