Satomi Shirai
Making Believe

December 3 - January 8, 2010

January 14 - February 26, 2011

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Satomi Shirai
Making Believe

"Walls with windows and doors form the house, but the empty space within it is the essence of the house."

-The Uses of Not, Lao Tse

Satomi Shirai emigrated to NYC to continue her photographic practice on stringent critical grounds.Her work begins as an exploration of home. Starting with the fullest meaning of the word she looks at a combination of interiority and exteriority,coupled with dreamy ideals and self-reflection. Her most recent work with the dollhouses sets the stage of her acts.

The photographs work in and off of each other informing and reforming her ideas. Setting out with specific goals, she is open to expansion and continuously photographs spontaneously, while leaving the editing, weaving and evaluation process until later. The make believe rooms continue to expand and question how much of our childhood dreams and goals can in fact transform into daily life or as a measure of attainment or guidance. For now she is working with younger emigrants and exploring what is occurring within a set of her acquaintances, but she is purposefully keeping room to expand.

Her most recent work involves creating model rooms that are then filled with items of dreams and necessity arranged in more honest disarray as evidenced in her images of peoples' homes. She raises issues of location, acquisition, comfort, desire,complacency, satisfaction, and how to assemble these external pressures and valuations. How do distant moves or extreme lifechoices impact how we had naively imagined our future during childhood? Where does the feeling of home lay, and how do we measure this reality?

Satomi Shirai is a Japanese born, New York based Artist, who is receiving her MFA from Hunter College this Spring. She is showing currently at Motus Fort, Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Ebisu, and Hunter College MFA Show. Her work recently featured at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Portrait in Washington D.C.

 — 老子「無の用」より




白井里実:ニューヨーク在住のアーティスト。1996年武蔵野美術大学視覚伝達デザイン学科卒業、来春ニューヨーク市立ハンター・カッレジ芸術学部大学院修士課程修了予定。現在、Motus Fort、東京都写真美術館、ハンター・カレッジ修了制作展にて作品を展示中。2011年スミソニアン・ナショナル・ポートレート・ギャラリーでの7人展に参加予定。