Maki ISHII /石井麻希
Ishii's work often deals with the world across two dimensions and three dimensions using images referenced from pop culture, especially those of comics and cartoons. The images that I chose to use are those which represent the humble things such as dust and smoke in the comic scene. The image source varies from Disney cartoons to Japanese 40’s comics.
Following the history of conceptual art and popular culture, Ishii investigates the point where pop art and the poetic world coexist. By extracting fragments of 2D images from comics and transforming them into three dimensional objects or erasing characters from comic scenes, Ishii creates moments, in which the liveliness of the pop imagery disappears and only silence remains. Ishii's interest in questions of representation of the verbal and non-verbal, the visible and invisible leads to the reflection and her systematical approach of expanding the notions of traditional artistic media. Ishii plans to further explore the theme of “absence” and its relationship to the “invisible” which has been my focus throughout her recent sculptures.