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Show RCA 2019

Noe Iwai

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My Abstraction is Blue Today


  • I have been examining the dialogue between the political and the poetic within my practice and being of Japanese descent is integral to my life and work, as it continues to influence conflicts between human and nature. 

    My grandparents lived through Hiroshima and the Second World War; and to me, its traumas are not merely embedded in the history, culture and physical landscape of Japan, but have left further traces within the artist’s personal history as well as my body. As a means of addressing collective heritage, I weave together traditional gestures and cultural rituals with interpersonal and emotive narratives. Constantly shifting between the past and the present, my work explores my childhood in Japan as well as historically embedded myths, poetry and storytelling. 

    The aforementioned subjects are an ongoing vein of research in my work and come from a personal place of care and respect to family and friends in Japan as well as in England. I incorporate martial art – karate – butoh, music and calligraphy in my performances and paintings as both a means to convey my traditional cultural background as well as to physically express speed and power within my practice. My movements convey historical traces made apparent through the incorporation of my female body.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, 2017​
  • Experiences

  • Painting leader and scenic design, SIS COMPANY, Tokyo, Japan, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • 'ENCOUNTER – Presented work: Cocoon 冬季繭 II', Sheraton Park, Ustinov College, Durham, 2019; 'Stage of Life – Presented Work: Fox Says: 狐言葉', Harrow Arts Centre, 2019; 'DisORDER Presents Disorders - Presented work: Fox Says: 狐言葉', Studio 9294, 2019; 'INTERESTED? INTERESTED? INTERESTED?' and 'Word or no words? Wine bottle or a bottle? Notes or paper?', Grow Tottenham, London, 2018; 'ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME', The Doodle Bar, London, 2018; 'Revolve Performance Art Days', Uppsala, Sweden, 2018; 'Live Pt 1', Royal College of Art, London, 2018; ‘Rumble to the Core: Mexico Fundraiser’, Deptford Cinema, London, 2018; ‘Beyond the Curve is Cold’, Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; ‘Fox Rain - 狐雨’ Degree Show, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, London, 2017; ‘Inhabit’, 137–39 Copeland Road, London, 2017; ‘On the Threshold ll’, The Oriental Museum and Ustinov College, Durham, 2016
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