Keiko Miyamori “Portrait of Being”

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poster for Keiko Miyamori “Portrait of Being”
[Image: Keiko Miyamori, installation view. Photo by Jonathan Alinovi]

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mh PROJECT presents Portrait of Being, a site-specific drawing installation by a New York-based Japanese artist, Keiko Miyamori, on view from October 22 through November 24, 2019 at a special project space in the heart of the East Village. An opening reception for an artist will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 6pm to 9pm. The space is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, 2pm-6pm, and other days by appointment only.

Keiko Miyamori has always been fascinated with the underlying blueprint of the world we live and its layers beyond the physical and tangible. Japanese washi paper is used in conjunction with handmade charcoal, using all forms of a recycled tree. The washi is handmade by artisans in Japan using a traditional method of paper making with wood fibres, with a tree rubbing made of charcoal on bark, handmade at the site. Harnessing all forms of the tree, each frottage takes form of these thin layers that were once unseen. For many, moments are fleeting and forgotten, but within the layers of washi, Miyamori is able to release these memories into physical form, flowing within each other.

In Miyamori’s installation Portrait of Being, she uses three large canvases of her own memories at different stages of her life. The washi evolves in three different stages yet retain similarities and unity within its core. As each Portrait shares memories that build Miyamori as an artist, she uses herself as a medium to expand upon her own experiences to understand where the similarities of humans at their core. As a culmination of her past work, she uses motifs found within her drawings and sketches, to use her washi in a way to make tangible the layers of her own being. Using its scale, each Portrait engulfs the room, unveiling every layer like shedding bark.

The simplicity in design of Miyamori’s artwork draws attention to the physical element of the washi, stripped of the elements that characteristically embodied in paintings, and reflecting back only its raw essence. The Portrait removes itself of social construct, allowing for the direct connection into what makes an individual. What is left when unique memories are deconstructed and peeled from its context? Can one even be identified from their memories alone? Confined within our own self, Miyamori strives to understand what’s underneath the self and the dichotomy of nature and nurture and where they interject. Using small frames, Miyamori urges viewers to see themselves within the vast universe as a surface juxtaposed to that of the many other layers within a united existence.

Keiko Miyamori (b. Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese artist based in New York. She has been a resident of the United States since 1998 when she first arrived in Philadelphia, before moving to New York in 2011. After receiving her MFA and BFA at the University of Tsukuba in Japanese traditional painting, she studied at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting scholar, and continued her work in New York. She has held exhibitions around the world in New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Germany, South Korea and Japan. Since its conception in early 2019, her Portrait series has been shown at BankART1929 in Yokohama, Japan, and most recently in The Literary Museum of Karuizawa, Japan. In 2019 her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Yokohama, Nagano and Tokyo in Japan. In recent years, she has mainly working abroad in her home country of Japan before returning to New York for her solo exhibition at MH Projects. The exhibition marks her first solo show in the United States since her solo performance at the E-Waste Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.



from October 23, 2019 to November 24, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-10-22 from 18:00 to 21:00


Keiko Miyamori

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