Motoko Furuhashi

Residence Necklace

Materials:  Steel, road segment

Dimensions: 20 x 3 x 2 inches

My current work highlights the stress between the geometry of manmade objects and damages created through urban decay. Each obstruction is an unwelcome presence that is disruptive to the ecology of an artificial environment. In challenging the perfectionist ideals that urban environment represent; my use of site-specific art as a medium expands the conceptual meaning and purpose of the object, giving me the freedom to play with the audience’s view of time and location. This operates on the premise that objects do not exist without perception. Leaving the viewer subjected to my use of the site as a narrative for authenticity and significance. Furthermore, the use of site relevant objects outside of their initial placement leaves room for interpretation allowing the viewer draw conclusions as to the objects worth. This is characterized by my selection of “insignificant” objects as the focal point. Relevant to the site from which it has been excavated, each found object is a unique representation of the interrelationships between time, location, perception, and importance.

About the Artist:

Motoko Furuhashi was born in 1982 in Tokyo, Japan and moved to the US to pursue a career as an artist and educator. While growing up in Tokyo, she received her introduction to art from her grandfather. Her recent works has been inspired by her experiences traveling around the world with her family. She received her Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is appointed as an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Oakland Museum of California, Nobana Art Works in Ginza in Japan, and Alliages in France.

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