Tomoko Ninomiya 11 May,1999 Tokyo
This is a private respiration system in order to calm everything...
These illuminating sculptures are breathing the air between the
visible and invisible.
Not only is the entire work an installation ... each individual piece
is a tableau "made of light" that you can touch and hold in your
In my childhood,translucent things used to comfort me.
For example ... curtains,canopies,mosquito nets,and frosted glass...
I especially liked to cover myself with a quilt in a room with light
Through the translucence of the quilt,it seemed as if everything
existed somewhere between the Visible and Invisible.
In my work,I use wax as a similarly translucent material.
I hope that people will feel relaxed in my room ; some might discover
something beyond the translucent surface of my works.
Despite their obscure nature, private and small things are sometimes
more effective than severe message (ideologies).
And because every place in the world has profound significance,
it is interesting for me to make installations in different places.
I feel that being in a certain place is a "reflection" of what belongs
in Arts Iowa City,1999
copyright 1999 Tomoko Ninomiya