Sculpture is a ground to explore my interest in creating spaces. The spaces I create or recreate are based on my own experience in real life, therefore my work reflects personal or cultural identity. I consider sculpture as a path that opens up space, where the viewer is left to find a hidden threshold that leads to unknown horizons.

The material I use to make my work is steel. Steel gives me the freedom to expand in scale and determine dimensions with precision. The proportions of the forms are not based on any mathematical principle; rather they are determined by intuition as if drawing a line in a sketchbook. The forms are made in reference to the elements found in the physical environment. The human scale and the scale of the exhibiting space is also an important consideration, as I make all my large-scale work to be seen in a certain site. It is not the objects themselves that is my work, but the entire space that is created by them. My work is sculpture of spaces both in its content and in its actuality.

My interest in capturing spaces dates back to the time I was more of a painter making landscape paintings directly from real life. I also have been interested in the structure of rhythms in music as I grew up playing the violin, piano, and percussion such as timpani, as my parents both have been professionals in music. Structure of language is also something that has intrigued me since I spent my childhood both in the United States and Japan. My interest in rhymes and rhythms appears in some of the titles of my recent work. Whether it is the structure of music or language that I am influenced by, I create spaces in the language of sculpture, which is a non-verbal language that directly speaks to the body.

Rina Murao  2018.7.17



そして彫刻とは、人間やあらゆる物が第一に体として存在しているということを手がかりに、それがどのように存在しているかということを探り表現するものだと考えています。そして私は、人間が身体を通してどのように空間を捉えているか、そして空間にどのような意味を見出しているかということに関心があります。人は日々食べ物を摂ることで体の土台を作っていますが、同様に空間を経験することで、身体感覚や空間の感覚を体に蓄積しているように感じます。身体に刻まれた空間の感覚は、その人のアイデンティティにも関わるほど重要なものだと思います。私のしていることは、身体の尺度によって測られた空間、経験を通して自身の中に取り入れられた空間の感覚を外に向かって投影し、それをそこで“彫刻にする” ということのように思います。

村尾里奈 2017.10.05