Erina has been making a splash in the art community and I wanted to showcase the lovely artwork front and center. Erina’s artworks are a record of a life of a person, which to me is the most interesting aspect you can imagine. We sit down and talk about a variety of topics. Read below for the full Q&A…
As a student who studied in a different region of the world than one you grew up in, what broad based benefits and outcomes did you acquire during this experience as an artist?
Erina: In Germany, I participated in the artist-in-residence program at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. It was one of the best known residency program, so a lot of people came to see my show. I think it came out very well. Also I first understood the benefits of being based in Japan when I lived abroad. Conveniences stores that open 24/7, mega art stores that carry materials from all over the world, package delivery service available anywhere… However, having not been able to have such convenience service was actually one of the fun things I enjoyed outside Japan. I love Japan, though!
As you approach your 30’s how do you see your work evolving as you become more mature as a person?
Erina: Recently I have started new series “Diary”, incorporating everyday happenings and objects in my life into a self-portrait, which is a new exploration for me. I would like to make artworks that are a record of a life of a person (or pink salamander?).
Do you experience any kind of pressure participating in solo exhibitions? Or are you quite confident and calm in your work and how the audience will receive it?
Erina: Actually not. I always try to have fun when I am preparing my show!
A lot of your work is portrait work where the subject has their mouth open. What kind of realizations and/or actualizations about yourself as a person when you explore the human body in your work. Is it a reflection of yourself?
Erina: I try to express my cosmos in my canvas. So the mouth is a kind of metaphor of a gate to my cosmo. I would like to share my feeling with audience, and painting is a tool to communicate for me.
Your work has a certain collage aspect to it as well. What sort of materials do you collect images from?
Erina: They are all from the collection of photos I take in my everyday life.
Do you have any favorite Asian films or Anime?
Erina: I like something using magic. For instance “Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel”, and “Sailor Moon”, etc . Sometime they help me to talk to strangers all over the world. Because Japanese Anime series has now become comics, games and movies that can be seen in many countries. I am proud of Japanese Anime in this aspect.
For those unfamiliar, what is life like in Japan and what is the greatest cultural impact about Japan that directly influences your work?
Erina: Everything is so convenient in Japan, but it’s suppressing to live in this country. I found it inconvenient but there was much freedom in every aspect when I lived abroad. I think you won’t be able to realize the advantages of both sides unless you travel between. Cultural influence of Japan in my work may be “service”. There are a plenty of active services to entertain the viewers in my artworks, like sounds or flash lights.
If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
Erina: I’m interested in archaeology. When I was child, I often dig a hole for taking fossil. After that I would draw them. Otherwise I always draw something I feel curious about.
What are your plans for the duration of the year? Are you taking time off or do you have future galleries?
Erina: Currently I showed one of my master piece in Ohara museum until 7. This month I will show my work in Kirishima open air museum! They will take place same exhibition in Hokkaido too. We will take place talk show in the opening party!
Lastly, any advice for any creatives out there?
Erina: Laugh together!
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