Swaying / Maki Hamanaka
2021.2.17 – 28
学芸大学駅の準備中にて、浜中マキ個展 “Swaying” を開催します。本展ではペインティングや写真などの新作を展示します。近年は自身の高山で働くライフスタイルから、そこで見聞きし感じとる現象をテーマとしています。ぜひご高覧下さい。
Miyamazenko is a Japanese Alpine plant which belongs to the parsley family, and its white flowers can be commonlyseen in high mountains.
I noticed this flower long ago but never looked up its name. Even after learning the name of the plant, the flower remained only a cluster of white dots to me. There was something more about this plant than knowing
its name or the visual satisfaction I receive, and I had been wondering what it could be.
Climbing season had begun, sunlight was getting longer, and the plant grew taller, swaying in the wind.
I have heard that in Shinto, shaking the Shide to energise the divine spirit is called Tama-Furi. This swinging motion can be seen everywhere in daily lives, such as in waving hands.
The swaying white flowers may hold something similar to the Tama-Furi, and I must have been feeling that. It was as if the flower was reaching into me with a resonating vibration. I wasnʼ t just seeing white flowers but also seeing particles swarming around it, being energised by its swaying.
The flyer designs for this exhibition arrived. A set of three different art works on thin paper, which I arranged in three separate piles in my studio to look at. One day, I opened the window, and the papers blew around the room. I caught sight of the papers just before they settled on the floor, and I momentarily grasped “the sight of an invisible existence” . After that, those flyers have become like Shide to me.
I find meaning in the things that “cause swaying” because there is an element of language within them. Their presence prevails from actuality and influences personal existence itself.
Translation Ayako Strachan