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Yuki Nagasawa

During her time at university, Nagasawa recalled her childhood play with newspaper and started to incorporate it in her art to communicate the properties of the material to others. Though she finds newspaper fascinating as a physical medium, she soon realized that viewers of her works could not shed their preconceived notions of the meaning of “newspaper” as a vehicle for information and societal structure. She laments that, although she was more concerned with highlighting the material and exploring her own inner world, “[her] work was interpreted in the context of journalism, and people assumed [she] wanted to highlight catastrophes and injustices.”


Through the reactions of others to her work, Nagasawa has come to realize that we unconditionally attach meanings and purpose for the objects around us. Her desire to shine the spotlight on the physical substance of these mundane objects gave rise to the “paradigm” series. She releases materials from their premeditated existence, breaking the paradigm to create artworks that suggest new ways of seeing the world. For this exhibition, Nagasawa has chosen pillow beads as her medium. The small styrene balls are normally hidden inside cushions, outside of our sight, and indeed, mind. By bringing to light things that are hidden, surprising avenues of expression emerge.  


Through the process of creating and feedback of others, Nagasawa has also made the astute observation that we all sense the world in slightly different ways. In aesthetics and philosophy, the inner senses and perceptions, which arise in the mind of an individual, are referred to as ‘qualia’. For example, when asked to imagine ‘the redness of an apple’, each person will conjure in their mind a red apple, but this apple is bound to be slightly different from person to person. For Nagasawa, the fact that, ultimately, information cannot be accurately shared between the minds of one another is fascinating, and yet she muses that there is also some sadness in this reality.


Born in 1989

2012  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kyoto Saga University of Arts

2014  Master of Fine Arts, Kyoto University of Art & Design Graduate School





2012    Kyoto Saga University of Arts Graduation Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art)     

     dance (ARTZONE Kyoto)

2013    Hiroshima Oh (Former Bank of Japan Building, Hiroshima)     

     U know they mean (Steps Gallery Tokyo)     

     ULTRA AWARD 2013 Exhibition (ARTZONE Kyoto)

2014    On the Steps 2014 (Steps Gallery Tokyo)     

     Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition (Kyoto University of Art and Design)

2015    ULTRA×ANTEROOM exhibition 2015 (Hotel Anteroom Kyoto)     

     STUDIO EXHIVISIT2015 (shima Kyoto)   

     TOKYO WONDER WALL 2015 (The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)

2016    11th Daikokuya Art Competition (Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya Tochigi)

2018    4th Geibunkyo Exhibition (Kyoto Art Center)     

     Art Fair in Asia Fukuoka AWARDS 2018 (Hotel Okura Fukuoka)

     Art Fairs Art Fair Philippines 2019, YOD Gallery (The Link Ayala Center Makati)




2015    TOKYO WONDER WALL 2015 Judge Award

2018    Art Fair in Asia Fukuoka AWARDS 2018 New Artist YOD Gallery Award (Hotel Okura Fukuoka)

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