An Immigrant From Japan, Masako Miki, Explores the Traditions for Her Installations


The artist Masako Miki takes inspiration from Japanese mythology and changes the forms of everyday objects into unique installations. The objects are made of felt and wool materials.

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The sculptor’s works are based on the superstition that objects become spirits in a hundred years. And she hopes to tell new stories about them.

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Her latest installation, called Radical Hope, has recently arrived at Ryan Lee Gallery in New York and is a part of her 2019 Shapeshifter series. The display also includes such items as an animated cotton roll and pine tree, along with a faceless ghost.

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According to the illustrator, each mythology shows the time when it was first created. And Masako wants to remake these mythologies, based on the ancient ones, for our generation. As a Japanese citizen in the past, who now lives in San Francisco, she can explore the topic by analyzing Japanese traditions.

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