Hisako Inui / "Linien - Verdichtungen"
Fragments that cover the whole world
Hisako Inui studied art history at University and has also done a master s degree in which her specialty was about Paul Klee. In those days, she studied German eagerly. Her activity as a contemporary artist began in her 20s. Her first publication was in 1987. Her art work at that time was objects made by clay including stone powder.*1 Her art works from 1997 to 1999 were acrylic paintings, over 1.5meters in size.These paintings are expressed by spiral lines, which remind us of the human bowel.*2 These works are painted with a great momentum as if there has been an eruption of energy inside of herself.

From 1999 the tone of her works changed. She brought some conceputual elements into her work. [Linier works became instalational in her consiousness.. ]*3 Finely drawn linesin a circulous pattern were made on tracing paper. Usually she used simple colors, such as blue, black, and white. The lines make us associate them with some nerve which always responds to the outside, or some antenna. Sometimes the lines stimulate the emotion of the appreciator, as if the lines are just an unsettled life which nobody can capture. Inui works with small pieces of paper. Sometimes she puts the piles of drawings on a shelf, sometimes she piles them up, representing the form of a book*4 and sometimes she puts them into the transparent closed box.*5 She developed a way to set drawings into a particular space. Sometimes letters becomes a part of the art work. Her interest in fairly tails has continued on a parallel with her art works, and sometimes we can find phrases of folklore literature in her art works.
Through this decade, the process of her various works has shown us that her interest has changed from something internal to the surface and outside itself. The white lines drawn on the transparent papers or white papers lose the sense of substance and it seems that they are just about to become volatile. Meanwhile, black lines are enclosed into the black background, so that they may still exist in this real world and exert their presense. Anyway, that is the matter which happens at the boundary between the outside and the inside. Inui names her recent works "fragments" or "scrap(Kakera in Japanese)" Though "fragments" are just a drawing work drawn on a small paper, her "fragments" are recognized as a part of something that covers the whole world. Our world consists of the accumulation of minute things. The rule which measure the minute things might be a body of ourselves. From her works we can feel her intention to re-construct the world using her body as a measurement of the minute things. The fragments begin to insist on their own existance as the elements which compose the world even though each fragment seems tiny or insignificant.

mixed media

NAMIDA - the power of the image
acrylic on cotton
1940 x 1303mm (1997)

ink, graphite,chemical paper
420 x 594mm (2000)

tracing paper, water crayon

tracing paper, fabric,
water crayon (2003)

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