MAI NAGAMOTO solo exhibition : “What words cannot convey” : reception party

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Night Out Gallery is happy to present to you Mai Nagamoto ‘s new solo exhibition : “What words cannot convey”

The reception party on Friday the 20th of October 2023 was a blast.
Many cool people and collectors joined us to see the new artworks of the artist.

 

Statement :
“What words cannot convey”
One of the reasons I paint is that it is easier for me to express my feelings than words.
Painting allows me to face various things and move forward.
In the process of painting, the painting asks me many questions, and the work is completed through many interactions with the painting.
The formless things I have painted in the past and the monsters and monstrosities that I have created in my mind are all expressions of my own feelings and are like words to me.
In the past, I was tired of words,
I kept on painting, facing my anger and mental world, but
My mind and body gradually broke down.
However,
Before Corona, I met stray cats in my neighborhood, and by touching and healing them, my life was changed in a very rich way, and I was freed from a great emotional trauma.
Through the daily observation of these wordless creatures, I came to face myself anew, and my interest in living creatures and the healing that animals give me led me to a new desire and commitment to art, which I had once decided to end.
This has led to a renewed desire to pursue my art, which I had once decided to quit.

Statement : 

私にとって絵を描く理由の一つとして言葉より心情を表現しやすいことがあります。

描くことで様々な事と向き合う事ができ、前に進むことが出来ます。
絵を描く過程で絵から色々な問いかけがありますので、絵との数多くのやりとりと共に作品が完成していきます。

過去に描いてきた形の無いものや自身の心の中を具現化した怪獣やモンスターは全て自分自身の感情を表現したものであり自分にとっての言葉の様なものでした。

過去の環境下では言葉に疲れ、
怒りや精神世界に向き合い、絵を描き続けていましたが
心や身体は次第に壊れていきました。

しかし、
コロナ以前に近所の野良猫達に出会い、触れ合い癒される事で私の人生はとても豊かに変化し、大きな心の傷みからも解放されていきました。

言葉を持たない彼らを日々観察する中で新たに自分自身と向き合う事、更なる生き物への興味や、動物達が与えてくれる癒しから、一度は終わりにしようと決めた芸術への
新たな意欲と邁進に繋がっています。

Dates : 10/21 – 11/05
Thursday to Monday from 1pm to 7pm
Opening party : 10/20 from 6pm to 9pm
Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday

Night out Gallery
150-0001 Shibuya City, Jingumae, 3−42−7 Aoyama Taiyo Bldg. 3F 301