Moe Amano: Tiny Organisms

Venue: HRD Fine Art
Date: March 9 - April 13, 2024
Hours: Thu 11:00am - 3:00pm / Fri & Sat 11:00am - 7:00pm
Closed: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed (Viewing available by appointment)
Opens on March 20 (Wed/National Holiday) 11:00am-7:00pm

Artist Talk: Art & Life, Society, Nature
Date & Time: March 30 (Sat) 5:00pm-6:00pm *no reservation required/admission free
   - Live drawing performance before the talk: 4:00pm-5:00pm
   - Artist reception after the talk: 6:00pm-

HRD Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Moe Amano, titled "Tiny Organisms," on view from March 9 through April 13. This will be Amano's first solo presentation at HRD, though she has taken part in a group show "Spiritual Landscape ・○▲□" in 2021.

Moe Amano was born in 1982 in Fukuoka. After graduating from the faculty of art and design at Kyushu Sangyo University she moved to Kyoto and lived there for several years. Then she relocated back to Fukuoka, where she lives and works in a mountain-side village in Itoshima.

Amano has consistently been focusing on organic, curvy shapes with mystical atmosphere, working in painting, sculpture, and installation. Most recently, though, she has expanded her creative scope by incorporating her everyday life in the mountain-side village into her artistic activities, including agriculture and renovation of an old house.

In this exhibition Amano will mainly present her new and recent paintings, depicting tiny living things and their life circulation she has encountered in her daily life amidst rich nature.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases, global warming, and devastating natural disasters, human beings all over the planet are facing the questions anew about how we should deal with nature. Through her artworks inspired by nature that is as fiercely cruel as it is beautiful, Amano explores the meaning of richness in our modern society. Her works, though seemingly soft and light, seem to attempt to drop clues about how we can interpret the world surrounding us in a sincere manner.

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Artist's Statement

What is richness? When I think about it, I envision a scene where very small living things─too small to be seen with the naked eye─cheerfully move around and world surrounding them keeps on changing its shape spontaneously. Richness is born out of a rich place, and this circulation goes on and on.

I have lived in Kyoto for eight years through 2014. Looking back on those eight years in Kyoto, I feel I ingested a good deal of such richness then. I want to explore the power inherent to different places, and therefore, in my recent paintings, I focused my attention towards those tiny creatures.

- Moe Amano

"Forest Soup" | oil on canvas | 72x92cm | 2024

"Sea Slug Traversing the Forest II" | oil on canvas | 62.5x92.3cm | 2023

"Pink II" | oil on canvas | 35.3x46.3cm | 2023

"Dream Soup" | oil on canvas | 30.3x37.3cm | 2023
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