Masami grew up in Tokyo and graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, where she studied Japanese traditional technic of dying and hand weaving. She currently lives in Reunion Island. She creates large scale site specific installation , often in nature, working with natural and copper fibers, as well as with painting and calligraphy. Her work touches issues relating to the fractured relationship between man and nature, reflecting hidden energies and forces that create and destruct. She works in the terrain between contemporary and traditional art.
Masami's work is intuitive and process oriented. She responds to personal physical and mental processes she goes through when she inhabits a certain site. The resulting work is a pause in a process rather then a finished object. The installation is often reminiscent of a body, an elusive and delicate presence that searches for its place in an unfamiliar space. It is a strange intruder, but at the same time it seems as if it has always been there. Masami's works speak in different tones then what we are used to in a western modernized society. They whisper and shout simultaneously, echoing ghosts of nature and humans, feelings of pleasure and pain.
In SelfObject Masami creates an installation for Artport Gallery, a personal and poetic work resulting from her 3 month stay in the residency. In psychology SelfObjects are external objects which are not experienced as separate and independent from the self, but complete it. They strengthen and structure the sense of self and are necessary for normal functioning. Unlike a self portrait in Art jargon, SelfObjects are not a representation of one self, but part of the place from which the self can develop and fulfill its selfness. The craft of the installation, a sort of obsessive weaving and cutting and folding, reflects an inner journey that responds to the intense space the artist encountered. In masami's words, she was “breathing out a beautiful mess”.
*text- Maayan Sheleff