Tashika Yui - JCAT

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BIOGRAPHY

  • Tashika Yui is a Japanese artist who self-taught herself art and started painting when she was nineteen. In her art, she creates the special world that people slowly lose over the years as they become adults, bringing “nostalgic love” back to life. In the world that she designs, there are beautiful and reminiscent nature and life, as well as people talking with animals as if they have come out of a children’s book.

    Her passion for creating such a fantasy world is deeply rooted in her upbringing. Born in 1988, from a young age she was consistently situated in change due to her father’s work, moving from town to town in Japan. Amidst moving so much, what never changed was the beautiful nature and animals she was surrounded by when moving to rural areas. She was so mesmerized by the magnitude and beauty of nature and felt such a great love for them that she started to imagine a world where she co-existed with them intimately. However, she had no one to share these wonders to so they remained a special utopia just for herself.

    In 2007, she started studying at the University of Hokkaido, Faculty of Agriculture, due to her love for plants and animals. Hokkaido is a unique place where abundant nature that she has profound love for and city-life co-exist in proximity. Loving and living with plants and animals – seeing a city so close to this ideal that she has had since childhood”, she felt a need and longing to show and express this to people. This could have been through music or photography but she chose to do this through art because she was influenced by her mother who liked Marc Chagall very much.

    The world she paints seems to be like a fantasy animation for children at first glance. However, the expressions of those who are depicted in her art seem to be happy and sad at the same time. These characters are there to remind people of something they have forgotten as adults. She always writes a short story description to help in the discovery of what is expressed in her special ideal world. When people see her art, each person will interpret it differently and they see many different stories and worlds with the help of her description. The enlarged world that each person creates in their mind from experiencing her ideal world art is what fills the gap of all lost values. Her art is completed in the hearts of those looking at it.

    Email: bisday74@gmail.com

  • たしかゆいは、19歳のとき独学で絵を描き始めた日本のアーティストだ。彼女は人々が大人になるにつれ失っていく大切な世界を描きだすことで、人それぞれの「懐かしい愛情」を再びよみがえらせる。彼女の描き出す世界は、懐古的な美しい自然と暮らしがあり、まるで絵本のように人と動物は会話している。そんな世界を彼女が描くのは、彼女の生い立ちが大きく影響している。

    1988年に生まれ、父の仕事で小さな頃から日本各地を転々とし、常に変化の中にいた。そんな中、変わらず傍にあったのが田舎の美しい自然と動物たちである。
    その偉大さと美しさに魅了され、深い愛情を覚えた彼女は、これらと共存する世界をいつもあたまのなかに描いていた。しかし、この気持ちを共有できる友達は少なく、自分だけの理想世界として大切にしていた。

    2007年、動植物への愛情と興味から北海道大学農学部に進学した。北海道は彼女が幼少から愛してきた豊かな自然と、都市とが隣接している不思議な環境だ。
    動植物と自然を愛し共に生きる――幼少期から理想としてきた「人と自然の暮らし」に非常に近い環境を現実に目にし、それを残したい、多くの人に伝えたい、と思った。運動が好きで、芸術とは縁遠かった彼女が、独学で絵を描き始めるきっかけとなった。方法は歌でも写真でも良かったが、彼女が絵を選んだのは、シャガールが好きだった母の影響かもしれない。

    彼女の描く世界は、ファンタジックで子供向けのアニメーション映画のようでもある。しかし、微笑んでいるようにも哀しんでいるようにも見える登場人物の表情、絵の中の彼らは「大人が忘れた何か」を伝えようとしているのだ。彼女は、理想世界を読み解くヒント・道しるべとしていつも短いストーリーを添える。そのヒントを元に、1枚の絵は、見る人それぞれの解釈でストーリー世界を広げるだろう。彼女の描いた理想世界から拡大された世界こそ、見る人の失われた価値観を埋めるものであり、そのとき初めて彼女の作品は観た人それぞれの心のなかで完成するのだ。

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