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Chihiro Gompei

MA work

I Could See Ice Cream Vans from the Window

I Could See Ice Cream Vans from the Window is a sculpture, which is about the boundary between current and old tenants. Based on a found image of my surroundings, I embodied the negative space of bodies of old tenants employing fashion fabrics and garment making technique. The embodied absent creates new negative spaces among viewers, which blurs the hierarchical distinction of existence and non-existence, and the present and past. It also indicates the abject fact that our bodies are materials to be cleared for someone else. Any place possibly causes the anxiety for losing a self, which reflects my experience of semi-nomadic life.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2016


    mixed media

  • I explore the relation between a place and a human in my practice. In the time of diaspora, places are always in the state of flux as well as humans; materials of a place are constantly scrapped, cleared, and rebuilt for a new tenant. The material matter affects the psychological matter of a place, or a sense of place, and these two opposites interrelate to define a place.
    One’s sense of place remains in his/her mind regardless of one’s geographical location and it is often detached from the status quo of a place as a memory. When a sense of place is physically and mentally separated from that place, it becomes part of one’s subjectivity. The materiality of place and the subjectivity exist in the one spectrum. Like liquid, ‘I’ float into a place. Then where do ‘I’ start? Where does a place end?    

  • Degrees

  • BA Fashion Textiles, University for the Creative Arts, 2014; BA Literature, Sophia University, 2009
  • Experience

  • Visiting tutor, Suidobata Fine Arts Academy, Tokyo, 2014, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Moving Textiles Exhibition, TIO3, Ronse, Belgium, 2014; Digital Encounters, UCA Canterbury, Canterbury, UK, 2014
  • Conferences

  • Cannot Remember Which Is New: Analysis on the Memory of Fashion, End of Fashion Conference, The University of Otago, 8,9 December 2016 (Planned)