Asami Kiyokawa Biography

Asami KIYOKAWA is a multidisciplinary artist, who explores the contradictions and gaps that emerge between an individual's internal and external identity in a society exposed to a flood of excess information from social media, magazines, and other media systems. The artist's representative works, which include "Bijo Saishu(Beauty Collection)", "Complex" series and "TOKYO MONSTER" series, express different stories of individuals lives through the relationship between the state of mind and society.

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While experimenting with the effect of layering and overlapping thread on top of photographs, the artist began to embroider directly onto the photographs that she had taken of modeled dolls. This distinct practice has since expanded to the production of mixed media works encompassing books, fabric, magazines, and paintings.

KIYOKAWA has furthered this exploration into various genres and media, not only as an embroiderer but also as an artist who is active in a variety of fields including art direction, creative advertising, film and music video production, and space design. The artist Kiyokawa is also an established writer of children's books and picture books, having been selected to represent Japan at a congress of the International Board on Books for Young People. In 2020, the artist was appointed the producer of projects enhancing the appeal of the Minamiawaji City area in the efforts to revitalize the traditional Japanese puppet show with over 500 years of history.

KIYOKAWA has been awarded the "ASIAGRAPH Creator's (Tsumugi) Award" in 2013; "VOGUE JAPAN Women of the Year" in 2012; "VOCA Exhibition Prize" in 2010; and the "Best Debut Award" in 2004. The artist's notable solo exhibitions include "imma" at Phillips (Tokyo, Japan) in 2020; "Incarnation" at Arario Gallery (Shanghai, China) in 2019; "Adastria: Bijo Saishu" at Space O, Omotesando Hills (Tokyo, Japan) in 2018; and "Asami Kiyokawa: Bijo Saishu" at Art Tower Mito (Ibaraki, Japan) in 2011.

Text courtesy Arario Gallery.

Asami Kiyokawa Featured Artworks

TOKYO MONSTER: Being ordinary is a sin by Asami Kiyokawa contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Asami Kiyokawa TOKYO MONSTER: Being ordinary is a sin, 2014 Photograph, embroidery thread, beads
84 x 63 x 4.6 cm
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Marriage by Asami Kiyokawa contemporary artwork photography, mixed media, textile
Asami Kiyokawa Marriage, 2018 Photograph, embroidery thread, beads
120.5 x 99 x 6 cm
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Mythology-Origin by Asami Kiyokawa contemporary artwork textile
Asami Kiyokawa Mythology-Origin, 2018 Canvas, embroidery thread
180 x 250 cm
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Scarlet by Asami Kiyokawa contemporary artwork mixed media, textile, textile
Asami Kiyokawa Scarlet, 2018 Photograph, embroidery thread, beads
84 x 63 x 4.8 cm
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Asami Kiyokawa Recent & Recent Exhibitions

Asami Kiyokawa Represented By

Arario Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Arario Gallery Cheonan, Seoul, Shanghai
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