12 May–23 August, 2014

Life Threads

Sayaka Ishizuka solo exhibition



SHANGHAI—Pearl Lam Galleries is delighted to present Sayaka Ishizuka: Life Threads, the emerging Japanese artist’s first solo exhibition in China and outside Japan, featuring 11 new pieces especially created for the show. Works will include a site-specific installation, for which the artist is most known, as well as mixed media on canvas, collages consisting of various coloured chopsticks mounted on wooden boards, a collage created from rice on an acrylic light box, and a new video.

Sayaka Ishizuka’s works explore the interconnectedness of humankind, focusing on the stories of everyday objects and those who use them. In Japanese tradition, inanimate objects contain traces of the holders’ spirit, as well as their personal emotions and memories. The artist takes common overlooked items in daily life as her materials, such as grains of rice, broken plates or bowls, worn-out kimonos, photos of cherry blossoms and household items, which are often connected with threads and suspended in the space of her site-specific installation works, Ishizuka tacitly transforms these mundane objects into simple yet profound spatial configurations, in which she believes the objects’ lives are linked and woven together into the ‘thread’ of human life. In Japanese, the exhibition title literally means ‘connecting lives together’.

Selected works