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木村 亜津
/  Kimura Azu

キムラアヅは、日本で活動するフラワーアーティスト。

美術大学卒業後、京都の家具会社に就職し、ショールーム用のいけばなを担当したことで、いけばなの哲学や美学に惹きつけられるようになる。

最初の植物への興味の入口は伝統文化のいけばなだったが、学ぶうちに植物という存在に関心を深め、2016年にフラワーアーティストとして活動を開始する。

散歩や山歩きが日課であり、日々の植物の観察や発見を作品に投影する試みを続けている。

中でも関心ごとは「変化」であり、植物の成長や季節によるうつり変わりは元より、植物を集めては、葉や花弁を円形に切り欠いたり、紫外線を投影したり、様々な手法で表現に勤しむ。

また、そのものの色や形が変わることだけでなく、捉え方や視点が変わることも作品のテーマにしている。

近年は、人間と植物の関係性に興味があり、私たちがどのように植物を認識しているか研究中。

 

 

AZU KIMURA is an artist based in Tokyo, Japan.  KIMURA’s work displays an interest in flora by incorporating flowers, their petals and other plant parts into her medium, with which she creates 2-dimensional work, sculpture, and site-specific installations using locally sourced materials.

After graduating from  Musashino Art University in Tokyo with the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Craft with a concentration in Woodwork , Kimura first worked for an Interior Design company in Kyoto, Japan, where she was in charge of the arrangement of Ikebana diplays for the store showroom.” 

This experience of working directly with flower arrangement destined for the decoration of social engagements ignited KIMURA’S interest in the philosophy and aesthetics of Ikebana.

Initially, it was simply the traditional culture of Ikebana that sparked her curiosity, and eventually the life within each plant inspired her research further to the point that later in 2016 she appropriately claimed her title of “Flower Artist” working primarily with plants and plant products. During her daily walks and hikes in the Tokyo surroundings, she records observations and discoveries of nature’s bounty, and she manifests these findings directly into her work. Upon reflection, KIMURA finds solace in the concept of “change;” the life cycle, seasonal adaptation, and realities attached to plant matter: she collects plants and gently experiments on them in various ways during her artmaking process.  Her work ethic is not only about changing the shape and natural expression of plants, but more importantly about radically changing our ways to perceive flora.

Most recently, KIMURA is researching the relationship between humans and plants, examining how we see, recognize, and react to plant life.

 

Exhibitions and Awards

the Salon des Beaux Arts, paris, 2018

Koganecho Artist residence, Kanagawa, 2018

scenery, buckle kobo, Tokyo, 2017

H exhibition, Fukuoka, 2017

Aosando art fair, Tokyo, 2015

Have a Herbal Harvest , rocket gallery, Tokyo 2015

GOOD DESIGN AWARD, Have a Herbal Harvest, 2015