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Ayachikova.(Ayako Chikushi/筑紫綾子)

ARTIST STATEMENT

<問いかけるアート>
Ayachikova.(1975年生まれ)は埼玉のベッドタウン(commuter town)で育つ。
生来は自我が強く、目立ちたがりであるが、幼児期は自己表現が苦手なことから日々の生活に
魅力を感じられず、空想の世界に遊ぶことに夢中になる。

小学校の6年間は、寡黙な"観察者"として過ごす。
人の表情や関係性を考察するなかで、人間の感情に興味を抱く。

彼女の作品が持つユニークさと独自の観点は、好奇心の赴くままに空想と現実の世界を行き来

していた幼少期に培われたと言ってもよい。

大学卒業後は広報や企画、編集デザインなどに携わり、アイデアを端的に表現する技術を磨く。
のちに自らを表現するアーティストになることを決意。

繊細な色彩の表現ができ、版の自由度が高い現代木版で作品制作を開始する。
岡本太郎や田中恭吉、カンディンスキー、フリーダ・カーロ、ジョージア・オキーフなどに影響を
受ける一方で、宗教的モチーフや幾何学模様などの神秘的・普遍的な世界観からも着想を得る。

Ayachikova.が目指すのは、抽象的で力強く、観者の感情・感覚に訴える作品である。
彼女の作品は、形を省略した極めてシンプルな構図のなかに緊張感の高まりを感じさせる。
モチーフから溶け出した色が交錯し、響き合い、感情の機微を描き出す。

Ayachikova.の主題は「人間の感情」である。
彼女の作品は空想と現実、光と闇、善と悪、美しさと醜さといった極の世界の間(はざま)で起こる一瞬を捉える。間で揺れ動くとき、人はどんな感情を抱くのかを観者に問いかけ、それと同時に観者自身のストーリーを想起させる。

「間」の世界からにじみ出るのは 、「甘い毒」であり、「ペーソス(悲哀)」であり、「ユーモア」であるかもしれない。
作者と観者との「対話」を通して、真実は幾通りも自在に引き出される。


<The Inquiring Art>

Ayachikova. (born in 1975)grew up in a commuter town located in Saitama, Japan. 
Ayachikova. was an extremely self-conscious child who craved being in the center of attention by nature. However she had no way to express herself in her early childhood. She was imaginative and had a tendency to get lost in a world of her own creation rather than enjoying real life.
 
She spent her 6 years of elementary school as a “silent observer”, quietly observing those around her.
She became interested in human emotions after observing the emotions and relationships of the people around her.

Her current artwork holds a certain uniqueness and perspective. Her work is thought to have been cultivated from her imaginative childhood in which her vivid imagination as a child led her to go to and fro from the world she created in her mind and the actual world.
 
After she graduated university, she was involved in PR, Planning, and Editorial design. This helped her develop skills on how to vividly express her own ideas. Later on, she set her mind on becoming an artist who expressed herself through her artwork. She started producing her work using the modern xylograph technique, which enabled her to use delicate colors and a wide variety of wood plates.
 
While being influenced by the works of Taro Okamoto, Kyoichi Tanaka, Wassily Kandinsky, Frida Kahlo, and Georgia O'keefe, she was also inspired by the mysterious and universal worldview of religious motif and geometric designs.
 
Ayachikova. aims to arouse the viewers’ feelings and senses through her work.
In her artwork you can feel amid the extremely simple compositions a heightened sense of tension.
Colors come out of the motif and cross, blending together to paint out the subtleties of feelings.
 
Ayachikova.’s main theme in her work is "human feelings".
Her artwork catches the moment generated in between two extremes such as imagination and reality, light and darkness, good and evil, beauty and ugliness. Her work reaches out to the viewers and will compel you to think about how people react and feel when they find themselves swinging between these extremes.
At the same time, her artwork leads the viewers to reminisce and recall their own story.
 
It may be "sweet poison" or "pathos (the sorrow)" or "humor” that appears from the world of in-between the extremes. The truth for you as a viewer can be freely drawn out in many ways through communication with the artist and her artwork.