Environmental degradation, especially its impact on water, inspires Japanese artist’s recent body of work, on view from October 24 to November 27
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Suzuki’s psychologically complex drawings in “The River” explore water as both a source of healing energy and a damaged natural resource. Using fine point pen, mineral pigment and ink, she has created microcosmic worlds that are dense with intestines, organs, and plant forms that find their way into water and begin to float, embodying both beauty and a disturbing, unsettling quality.
“Water is necessary for our life, but it is also treated as a commodity that is to be used, exploited, or abused,” says Suzuki, who lives in Waltham, Mass. “Over the decades of abusing and over-consuming, our water has been drained and contaminated—thus poisoning our bodies and environments—and we’re facing the shortage of water in the near future. My concern about environmental degradation, especially to water, inspires this body of work. But I also let my imagination and intuition take over, believing that imagination is a key to tap into the deep place in people’s mind and soul.”
“The River” is curated by Andrew Mroczek, Director of Lesley’s VanDernoot Gallery, and the exhibit is free and open to the public. To learn more about Naoe Suzuki and her exhibition at Lesley, click here.
About the artist
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Naoe Suzuki has lived in the United States since 1986. Her exhibitions include: deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Mass.; Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York; Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston; and Kniznick Gallery at Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis, and she lives in Waltham.
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