In an ordinary day experience, I happen to find indications of forgotten memories of childhood at everyday affairs which are not even directly related to the memories.?The part of remembrances appear their configuration that bring to my mind certain rudimental emotions, such as pleasure, fear, desire, trauma, while some fragments of memories, they still have been drifting with holding unexplainable feeling. In this project, I try to reconstruct obscured memories of my own childhood.
Besides I photograph for collage components, I assemble images, which can evoke memories, to recapture emotional elements of my childhood by using photographs from family album, private snapshots and appropriate everyday objects from the Internet. In my practice, deconstruct and re-compose photographs by manually cutting and pasting are important roles in revisiting childhood and inviting the found images to my own personal narratives.
I photograph collages within dioramas, which are installed multiple layers of transparent canvases with pasting and hanging hand-cutting photographs. The three-dimensional sets are temporary made for photograph, and I intentionally included and change in shape of fragile materials, such as sheer papers and aluminum foils, to try to capture the stories based on childhood memories, which is happening within the space of the dioramas, before they destroyed.
Hide and Seek
I have been working on a collage project by photographing three-dimensionally layered negatives within dioramas. My approach, with the use of fairytales to tell personal stories, is to try to silhouette the remembrance and oblivescence of my own childhood. As exposing and hiding the emotional component of my childhood and where I am today, I try to seek out the depth of memories through working with shadows of mementos. I photograph light and shadows, which are created by multiple layers of negatives within a three-dimensional diorama that function as device, to create tableaux. The stories are comprised of private snap shots, and appropriate everyday objects from the Internet as symbols, as well as the photographs that I take for collage component.
Ayumi Tanaka is a Japanese-born artist, living and working in New York City. Tanaka has been working on collage work by using found images from private snapshot and the Internet to explore theme of memories. She received a BFA
from Osaka University of Arts in Japan in 2002, and studied at International Center of Photography in 2010. Her work has been shown internationally at exhibitions including United Photo Industries Gallery in New York, Tokyo Institute of Photography in Tokyo Japan, 25 CPW Gallery in New York, Pictura Gallery in Bloomington IN, Dumbo Arts Festival 2011 in NY, LOOK3 festival of the Photographs 2012 and Athens Photo Festival 2015. Her work has been published at "PHat Photo (Tokyo, Japan), Lettre International (Beriln, Germany), LensCulture, GUP Magazine, Featureshoot. Tanaka was awarded International Center of Photography Director Fellowship in 2010 (New York), Grand prix at Tokyo International Photography Competition 2013 (Tokyo, New York), Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 and Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award 2014.
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