Egami Etsu is born in 1994 in Tokyo, Japan. Immersed in art since her early childhood with her father, a recognised artist in Japan, she grew up between the US and Europe and is now living in China. After a BFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), she studied abroad at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Growing up at the margin of different cultures and languages, her work explores the barriers of communication, through diverse media forms: vocal recordings, videos, and paintings.Read More
'And what is beautiful in her works is that she sees all these specificities as a source, not only of misunderstandings, but also of creation and richness in people's relationships.'
―Julie Champion (Associate curator, Centre Pompidou).
For her 'languages can only be sensed, not explained'. Using the rainbow as her painting language, she is discussing the 'shape of communication', that she perceived as the consciousness of the distance we have with the others. The works of Egami Etsu, especially the 'Derori' portraits, raise out the insecurity of human beings and question their feelings in society.
'Rainbow, a symbol of interpersonal communication, will be built by the unconsciousness of a painter and the misconception of the audience–which is also a delicate misunderstanding.'
—Kuang-Yi CHEN（Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at National Taiwan University of Arts）.
Text courtesy A2Z Art Gallery.