The 36th artist room was created by artist Noriko Saito. The production is completed on September 1st, 2023.
In childhood, the blue sky seemed endless; the clouds were floating swiftly, the sun was as dry and crisp as a fried chicken, and the feeling of chasing what was in front of you.
Climbing trees, jumping, catching bugs, playing hide-and-seek, then going to the mountains to look for acorns, and when we found many, scraping them off the concrete until our fingers were all worn, making them into tops and flutes until we got bored, then playing tag. We would run around, laugh, roll around, and when we were tired of running, we would pull off some grass and eat it.
“Oh, the smell of green grass! Okay, now let’s go to the ocean!”
Time was forever… living in the here and now.
I wanted to bump it against the wall and paint it as if it were ticking away the time.
And I hope anyone who enters this room will return to their roots, come up with brilliant ideas, and spend time free-minded.
Open the drawer! It’s a roost for bugs in the ground.
The bathroom door is where a girl comes home with a fish after lots of fun.
Then it’s golden bathroom time. You can almost smell the daytime sun through the trees…
Room #3405 | Completion Date: 2023.09
When I was little, there was a shipyard near my house, and I used to bring iron junk and bricks from the scrap yard to build my dream robots by scratching them with nails. I also did some fishing, ran around, and played until I was exhausted.
Always, somewhere in my mind, I thought the stars were neat, pentagonal, flimsy, and sparkly, sticking up in the sky, and it wasn’t until my teacher pointed it out to me at age 17 that I felt I understood the world of space and stars.
I remember that was the moment when I had a flash of awakening.
My works are mainly created by scratching a copper plate with a needle. I draw everyday life under the title “Life Series.”
There is something extraordinary in the sense that it seems free. Something is always happening in the world, even though it looks happy. It is changing rapidly, is not equal, there is no answer, and there is always a war somewhere. I try to depict these uncontrollable things by searching for words and the person’s roots at that time and breaking them down in my mind.
It’s like a streak, a little humor, and freedom to be who you are, whatever the situation.
The Harvard University Art Museums purchased several works of the Life series and a few others and held an exhibition and workshop there.
1973 Born in Kanagawa, Japan
1998 Graduated from Tama Art University, Department of Painting, Major in Printmaking
2000 Completed Graduate School of Tama Art University
1997 Saegusa Gallery / Tokyo
2000 KEY Gallery / Tokyo
2001・2003 Gallery Poem / Tokyo
2002 Siddhartha Gallery / Nepal
2004 Ono Gallery / Tokyo
2005・2006・2007・2009 Atelier K Yokohama
2011・2012 Gallery Time Tokyo
2015 The Tolman Collection Tokyo
2017 Gallery Tokifune / Yokosuka
2018 Shinobazu Gallery / Tokyo
Park Hotel Tokyo Corridor Gallery 34
2019・2021 Shinobazu Gallery / Tokyo
1997 Purchase Prize, All-Japan University Print Exhibition (Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts)
2015 Asahi Shimbun Award, The 14th Seminario Print Exhibition
Purchasing Award, The 4th Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition
Grand Prix, XII International Graphic Art Biennial DRY POINT (Serbia)
2016 Minamishimabara City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prize, The 15th Seminario Print Exhibition
Jury’s Special Prize, The 10th Madokapia Print Biennale
2017 Nagasaki Prefectural Board of Education Award, The 16th Seminario Print Exhibition
2018 Nagasaki Culture Telecasting Corporation Award, The 17th Seminario Print Exhibition
2006 Artist Residency at Malaspina Printmakers (Canada), staying in Canada for a month, produced and exhibited at Thompson River University, Capilano College, Emily Carr, Malaspina Printmakers, Canada.
2012 Held a children’s workshop at the Yokosuka Museum of Art
2019 Public lecture on Drypoint “Copperplate Prints” at Harvard Art Museums. Exhibition held at the same time.
2023 Worked on Artist Room creation at Park Hotel Tokyo, painted the room for three months.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Setsuryosha Museum of Art, Tama Art university Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Smith College Museum of Art, Harvard Art Museums
Numerous group exhibitions in Japan and abroad