Red Bird, 2006; Untitled, 2007

Misako Inaoka

Artist Statement

My interests arise from the boundary between what we call natural and artificial.  I observe the physical and social environment in detail to find hidden beauty and peculiarity, for example, a cell phone antenna shaped like a pine tree, a flock of non-native bird, or moss growing in a crack of cement sidewalk.  I emphasize these subtle details and exaggerate their illogicality to cultivate my own version of invented creatures and landscapes.


 
 
Untitled

Untitled

Red Bird

Red Bird

installation view

installation view


My recent work is strongly influenced by the urban nature that surrounds me.  The nature I notice survives in different forms, by adapting, adjusting and mutating to its new urban setting.  I construct environments that I believe are truly innate to a site’s current phase.  I invent new species that are well customized to our shifting environments.  With my work, I comment on the irony of existence and co-existence within the natural world.

Combining organic forms and manmade materials, such as dried moss, driftwood, mushrooms, with plastic plants, Astroturf, rubber toys, I created hybrids of natural and artificial.  Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution plays a large role in development of my work.  In order to remind the viewer that they are part of the ecosystem, most of my sculptures and installations are kinetic with motion sensors and interactive.  My artwork embellishes the way human manipulate nature, while the other life on Earth try to adapt to their surrounding nature.