Kyoko Hamaguchi

May 4, 2021
Tell us about your practice.
I would describe myself as an interdisciplinary conceptual artist. I often investigate movement, transformation, and circulation as part of my practice. I am searching for ways to invent transient images and shapes to reflect my ever-shifting perspective as an immigrant. Although my work takes form in many different materials including photography, sculpture, and installation, I am consistently invested in the paradoxical potential of analog technology such as pinhole cameras to describe contemporary experience metaphorically.
You play a lot with creating works out of unconventional materials like mail packages, or hand sanitizers. Where do you get your ideas from? Is there anything you’ve been wanting to use but haven’t yet?
My ideas come from what I see and experience in daily life. I’m especially interested in transportation tools and objects in a state of transition. I find myself drawn to materials that change in time and have the capacity to reflect or capture systems in society. I’ve been wanting to utilize something like Uber as a different system of transportation.
Your works tend to require participation, whether directly or passively, from others. Have you seen that change during the pandemic?
Since the pandemic started, the most common things people were encouraged to interact with were hand sanitizer and paper towel dispensers. So that regulation of interaction made me think of my new body of work.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Aquascaping, shrimp breeding, walking around my neighborhood, conversations with friends, riding subways, the darkroom environment, chemical reactions, speaking in English, and researching old technology.
What’s next for you?
I have a lot of new ideas and projects I want to experiment with. Meanwhile, I am preparing and getting inspired for some upcoming group exhibitions and my solo shows in Italy and NYC this winter!

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