Kaori Nagata

b 1981 Ipatinga, Brazil. Lives and works in Tokio, Japan.

ARTIST STATEMENT

We are all fed first from the hands of another human being.

I am interested in food as a source of energy for both body and soul, but not only that. It encompasses ephemerality and tradition, beginnings and ends, life and death counterbalancing one another. We all carve our own relationship with food based on our surroundings. It is our deepest connection to the land and a strong thread holding us together.

The images I create focus on how the human and nature relationship manifests subliminal gestures that so often betray our environmental concerns. I draw repetitive lines that grow together to create texture, and the images emerge as an attempt to reconcile these elements, by creating a fluid interaction between both. On the surface, the undulating patterns depict movement and human figures in contact with nature. Beneath the surface, they give life to ideas of interconnectedness and interdependence.

Some of these figures seem to be trapped in their realities, while others appear to be unaware of their environments. Appearances aside, there is no true separation, we are all of a single underlying substance.

Vita

Education
  • 2002 Graduated from ESPM (Bachelor of Social Communication)
  • 2011 Research Student at Musashino Art University, Visual Communication
  • 2014 Graduated from Graduate School of Tama Art University (M.F.A.)
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2017 Graduated from Doctoral Degree Course, Graduate School of Tama Art University (Ph.D.)
Exhibitions Solo
  • 2016 “Contemplative meals” (solo exhibition), Nomad Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Group
    • 2017 Tama Art University Doctoral Program Graduation Exhibition
    • 2016 “MY duo 2016”, Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo
“Jonathan Whiston & Kaori Nagata”, Fujiya Gallery, Tokyo “Collective Exhibition”, Nomad Gallery, Berlin, Germany “Foreign Artists Who Studied in Japan 2nd Exhibition”, Space NIO Nikkei Inc., Tokyo “Earthquake / Poster Support Project”, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo “Illustration Message Poster Exhibition”, Akiyama Takashi Poster Museum Nagaoka, Niigata “Winterkunstkabinett Vol. 3”, Nomad Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    • 2015 “ACT ART COM International Students Program 1”, Art Complex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo “Earthquake / Poster Support Project”, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo
“ACT ART COM International Students Program 2”, Art Complex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo “Illustration Message Poster Exhibition”, Akiyama Takashi Poster Museum Nagaoka, Niigata “Tama Art University 80th Anniversary Doctoral Program Exhibition”, Tama Art University, Tokyo “The Japan Book Design Award Exhibition”, Akiyama Takashi Poster Museum Nagaoka, Niigata “Winterkunstkabinett Vol. II”, Nomad Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    • 2014 “Graduation Exhibition 2014, Illustration Studies, Graphic Design, Master Course”, Tama Art University, Gallery 5610, Tokyo
“Earthquake / Poster Support Project”, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo
“Illustration Message Poster Exhibition”, Akiyama Takashi Poster Museum Nagaoka, Niigata
    • 2013 “Young Art Taipei” Shonandai MY Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
“Earthquake / Poster Support Project”, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo “Illustration Message Poster Exhibition”, Akiyama Takashi Poster Museum Nagaoka, Niigata “The 2nd Tokyo Book Jacket Illustration Competition”, Yamawaki Gallery, Tokyo
    • 2012 “Illustration Message Poster Exhibition”, Akiyama Takashi Poster Museum Nagaoka, Niigata “Expected Artists”, Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo

    • 2011 “Research Exhibition”, Musashino Art University, Tokyo
    • 2009 “Daniel Lince”, Limited Edition Store, São Paulo, Brazil

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