トミモとあきな / TOMIMO+AKINA  ( TOMIMOTO, Akina )

Contemporary artist and photographer who produce mixed media, paintings and performance works mainly on photographic works. In addition, She is also active as a logo designer who specializes in organizing and expressing images and concepts of objects or companies.

Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1987. A daughter of a Japanese mother and an English father, who were divorced soon after her birth. Currently living in Tokyo. From the early childhood, the artist have been very aware of her external appearance as a mixed race individual (or “ha-fu” in Japanese) as her family lived on the country side of Osaka, where her neighborhood consisted of only Japanese families. Because of her Western appearance and Japanese identity, she has been seeing the world through two different perspectives, which are reflected on her artworks. Her artist name, TOMIMO+AKINA is also a reflection of her unique multi-viewpoints. It represents her dilemma of growing up as “ha-fu” in rural Japan, having two perspectives, but she is an individual artist.

The concept of photography intrigued her when she discovered that her first memory as a childhood was in fact based on photographs, and not her first-hand experience. She was astounded by the power of photography, which can shape people’s minds, almost like creating a new world. At the same time, she was also disappointed by the uncertainty of people’s memories. This happened when she was ten years old, and that’s also when she purchased her first digital camera, the best in class at the time with 1.8 MP, for her new years gift.

She majored in contemporary art, graphic design and photography (film) in Kyoto University of Art and Design. Since 2015 she studied photography under Mr. Masato Seto, professional photographer who also has a Japanese father and a Thai mother.

She currently works mainly on photographic works, regardless of media. Her works are based on the themes “Encounter” and “Memory”.

Our brains are designed to tell lies based on past experiences. While being deceived by their own memories, people believe that something shared the most is the truth. Your sense organs receive the same information but you do no see the same thing. She produces her artworks to create multiple views of the world for those who encounter her art pieces.

 

 

日常に潜む不思議な気持ちを固定させる試みの写真作品を中心に、ミクストメディア・絵画・パフォーマンス作品を制作している現代美術家・写真家。また、モノや企業のもつイメージや概念をシンプルに整理し表現することを得意としておりロゴデザイナー、グラフィックデザイナーとしても活躍している。

1987年、大阪府に生まれ。日本人の母とイギリス人の父を持つ。現在は東京在住。幼少期より、自身の中にある好奇心旺盛な部分と自身を俯瞰している部分の二面性を感じていた作家は、「トミモとあきな」と表記して作品を発表している。よって二人組ではない。西洋人の外見と、日本人の内面のコントラストによる屈折が作家と作品の魅力となっている。

作家が写真に興味を持ったきっかけは、初めての記憶と信じていた2歳の記憶が写真に植え付けられていると気づいたからである。イメージの持つ力に驚愕し新しい世界を作り出せる写真の世界の虜となる。それと同時に記憶というものの不確かさ、記憶の虚実性に唖然とした。この体験をした10歳の時に当時最先端の180万画素のデジタルカメラをお年玉で購入し写真撮影を日常的に始める。

大学では現代美術・デザイン、そして銀塩写真を中心に学び、2015年より写真家の瀬戸正人氏に師事。

現在は写真作品を中心にメディアを問わず「出会い」と「記憶」をテーマに作品制作している。

脳は平気で嘘をつく。自身の記憶に騙されながらも共有する何かを信じ合って人々は生きている。同じものを見ても同じようには見えない。作品との出会いから新しい物語が構築されていくことを目的に制作している。

−SNS−

Instagram (Photography) : @TOMIMOTOAKINA

facebook page (as Photographer) :@TOMIMOTOAKINA

Twitter (as personal) :  @TOMIMOTOAKINA

 

−所属−

COT+, ATLAS Co., Ltd.

 

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