Aya Shimohara - JCAT




  • Aya Shimohara spent her childhood drawing a picture on a daily basis. She felt a joy to be obtained non-realistic sense by drawing the world of fancy and her ideal. That feeling is important for her even now. She grew up and thought that she draws a picture is a matter of course. She went to the design department of Kyoto Saga University of arts and majored in Visual design. However, she felt the limitations in field of design including the poplar appeal and commercial properties. The product acceptable to the masses is better than the artwork in the field of design. So, in order to express her originality and gave to herself up to make the work is not a curriculum. She explored their own style to try a variety of media such as acrylic, pastel, watercolors, Japanese natural mineral pigment, pencil, and CG. She found a style that give depth to overlap the pencil, pastel, and watercolors in turn. In addiction, she read in favor of old belles-letters of Japanese. She found the answer to own art from passage of “Three-Cornered World” of Soseki Natsume. “There is no escape from this world. If, therefore, you find life hard, there is nothing to be done but settle yourself as comfortably as you can during the unpleasant times, although you may only succeed in this for short periods, and thus make life’s brief span bearable. It is here that the vocation of the artist comes into being, and here that the painter receives his diving commission Thank heaven for all those who in devious ways by their art, bring tranquility to the world, and enrich men’s hearts. ” Reality is not just fun. There is a painful thing and sad thing. She thinks Art is something that can make forget a reality a few times. Even if, It’s fictional world. She would like to invite the people to appreciate her picture to non-reality even in moments as many artists she had an impact in childhood and her favorite music and theater has invited her to the non-reality. She was particularly influenced by the work of Gustav Klimt. She fascinated to look that was ecstatic women, beautiful decoration of patterns, colors and gold leaf shine of the Klimt draw and was invited to elation. Women she draws also have a vacant look. Her work makes the people to appreciate her picture feel like to trip. She draws women also combines elements that feel masculine, such as even “strength” and “grittiness” while maintaining the elements that feel feminine, such as “beauty” “delicacy” and “pomp”. In addiction, her work has a dark is also feeling duality. Fictionally world is only fleeting dream has a reality immediately behind. Such sadness and emptiness and strength that is not visible on the surface that women have are hidden become a dark essence to her work.

  • 下原亜矢は、幼少期より絵を毎日のように描いて過ごし、空想の世界や自身の理想を描くことによって、非現実的な感覚を得られることに喜びを感じていた。この感覚は後の作品制作にも大きく影響していく。絵を描く事が“当たり前のこと”として育った彼女は、京都嵯峨芸術大学デザイン科へと進学し、ビジュアルデザインを専攻する。しかし、万人に伝わるものが求められ、作品ではなく商品として成り立つものが求められる、“大衆性”や“商業性”を含むデザインの分野に限界を感じた彼女は、自主制作として、よりオリジナリティを表現できる“アート”としての作品づくりに没頭する。アクリル、パステル、水彩、岩絵の具、鉛筆、CG 処理、様々なメディアを試しては自分のスタイルを探求し、現在の、鉛筆、パステル、水彩の順に少しずつメディアを重ねていき、深みを出す作法に至る。また、在学当時、彼女は古い日本の純文学を好んでよく読んだ。夏目漱石の「草枕」の一説より、彼女は自身のアートへの答えを見いだした。“越すことのならぬ世が住みにくければ、住みにくき所をどれほどか寛容て、つかの間の命を、つかの間でも住み良くせねばならぬ。ここに詩人という天職ができて、画家という使命が降る。あらゆる芸術の士は人の世を長閑にし、人の心を豊かにするがゆえに尊い”決して楽しいことだけの現実ではなく、つらいこと、つまらないことがある現実を、ほんのひと時でも、作られた虚構の世界だとしても、忘れさせてくれるものや、楽しませてくれるものがアートだと彼女は考える。彼女が幼少期から好んできた音楽や演劇、影響を与えたアーティストが、彼女を“非現実”へ誘ってくれたように、彼女自身も、自身の作品で、見る人をひと時でも“非現実”へ誘うような作品を描きたい、と考えている。その中でも特に、彼女の作品はクリムトの影響を大きく受けている。彼女は、クリムトの描く女性の恍惚とした表情や、美しい装飾の模様や色使い、金箔のキラキラとした輝きに陶酔し、高揚感に誘われるような感覚を覚え、非常に好んだ。彼女が描く女性もどこか虚ろな表情で、トリップ感のある作風が特徴だ。彼女の絵の特徴はそれだけではない。彼女の描く女は、“繊細さ”“美しさ”“華やかさ”、といった女性性を感じる要素を持ちながら、全く逆の“力強さ”“意志の強さ”といった男性性を感じる要素と“ダークさ”を含み、二面性を持つ作品となっている。美しいだけではない、表面的には見えてこない女性の強さと、虚構の世界の背後には必ず現実がすぐそこにあり、つかの間の夢であることへの切なさやむなしさがダークなエッセンスとなり、隠されている。


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