Moeko MACHIDA is an Aichi-born artist who creates paintings under the prominent theme: the nature of life. Placing herself amid all phenomena surrounding lives, she carefully observes and perceives phenomena, thus meticulously putting them into images.
Raised by biologist parents, she has been familiar with matters surrounding vitality and has had a strong perception of emotions since an early age. Consequently, she had gotten overwhelmed by the spirits of the dead and the invisible existences surrounding her. It was her expressionist self that found a way to face those presences that she could not detach herself from.
The ideas she nurtured in studying Japanese painting and Butoh dance also have influences on her artistry. While studying at the Kyoto City University of Arts, she learned the Japanese painting method that places emphasis on sketching, through which she acquired an attitude of taking time to face the subject matter with serenity. She also started dancing in her childhood and studied Butoh eagerly during college, which led her to apply the Butoh-derived idea of the body as being amid phenomena surrounding lives to her work.
The pebble-like round aggregates that frequently appear in her paintings mirror how something in life exists and evolves, representing not only the living but also the dead.
Her ultimate goal in creation is to be aware of the ways our senses and perceptions are, and thus share them with others through her work.
I explore the invisible forces of the living in this world by visualizing various life energies through creation. I engage in mindful observation of nature in my daily life, using my entire body to perceive the hidden forces that reside within the depths of life. I meticulously transcribe them into visual form in my works. These creations are the tangible results of my observation and exploration.
The round shapes appearing in my works are inspired by rocks and stones, and I paint them using Japanese traditional mineral pigments derived from these elements. These shapes represent life in both its living and deceased forms. Although minerals are typically considered inorganic, I sense they share a vital essence similar to that of living things.
Since childhood, contemplating life has evoked feelings of silence and solitude within me, but also an unknown vitality and speed, along with a deep respect for all living things.
I think we forget a lot of feelings as we grow up. We stop asking ourselves what we are afraid of, what makes us happy, or why we feel sad. There are so many sensations that are too important to lose.
My creations serve as exercises to remember those sensations for me, and I hope that the textures, colors, and forms in my artwork can act as triggers for both the viewers and myself, allowing us to recall with those sensations.