“I paint on anything anywhere, especially in the everyday spaces that we don't notice ... like when I find growth between the cracks of concrete, hope and despair exist next to each other ... it is where a work of Art can find a breath for itself.”
Tamaki Kawaguchi is a painter and performer, who has turned the application of colour onto various surfaces into a spectacle. Masked in a translucent cubicle reminiscent of a scene from post apocalyptic cinema we are reminded that beyond the performance and spaces of Art there continues an irreversible erasure of biodiversity and the mechanics of creative culture colludes with this.
Tamaki Kawaguchi performed Painting Day By Day In The Anthropocene for the opening of Leaving Language. The installation was on view at The Metropole Gallery Folkestone England.
Wikipedia tells us that Erich von Däniken’s 1968 bestseller, Chariots Of The Gods, was partly ghost written by a professional author Utz Utermann. The ethnocentric tone has been noted for it's erosion of facts, something that precedes our contemporary malaise.
Subjects explored included hieroglyphs detailing myriad beasts and genetic mutations; supposed to have occurred millennias ago when the first alien space craft landed on Earth.
The paperback contained archaeological research and aerial photography that the author claimed these proved the hidden science of humanity and the missing link in civilisation's evolution. When truth is dead be ready for the prophets of fake news.
Under this meteor shower of false knowledge; Tamaki Kawaguchi paints insects specifically those that fly like moths and butterflies. Dressed to enter a post apocalyptic world her universe is observed from memory. Historically the Japanese respect for insects has held them in high regard, their tenacity for survival is revered as much as an exquisite form.
Sometimes kept as pets they are visited at insectariums such as: the Mino Park Museum in Osaka or Tamura's Mushi Mushi Land.
The Artist and her presence is filtered through the surfaces on which she paints the larger than life butterflies. Fading in and out of focus she presents an ephemeral gesture of resistance. In Folkestone this action was called Painting Day By Day In The Anthropocene.
Her life as a consumer is part of a forced cycle of biohazardous contamination. This is the reality she exists in and her performance is perhaps an attempt to disrupt the narcissism of consumption and question that much used phrase "social media".
At the back of a black Mercedes limousine the Artist said the work was a kind of refusal or even a challenge to a world of replicated stereotypes and endless materialism, becoming an anonymous activist that questions what purpose is culture providing.
“Is what you see what I see?”
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