Moe Yoshida Veggetti Exhibition / 吉田萠「蛙犬 Rana Cane」

9 October – 1 November, 2021
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Moe Yoshida Veggetti’s creative theme is the structure of memory and identity and their visualizations. In recent years, she has expressed the “storytelling method” and “storytelling physicality” closely related to these through a variety of genres.

This exhibit will feature the interactive sculpture/marionette piece, “Frog Dog,” and prints and drawings originating from this sculpture along with a related sculpture in a project that revolves around a marionette that carries motifs of frogs and dogs, things that Moe Yoshida Veggetti and her sister feared as children, and performing with it.

The marionette performance project began after the artist was forced to cancel her studio residency in Italy last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the work, three volunteers move a marionette connected to a long handle with one another. The marionette is called “Frog Dog” and symbolizes animals that are subjected to the one-sided perspectives, attitudes, and understandings by humans, such as experimentation and breeding. Moe Yoshida Veggetti states, “The inner traits of animals that we have no way of knowing, and therefore have been neglected and abandoned, weigh heavily on my mind lately.” Here, the marionettes move as their avatar, shaped as an unknown existence, attempting to connect with others while being beyond comprehensible and puzzling.

Additional exhibition pieces  will also be exhibited at the same time which have been made from the”Frog Dog” by printing parts of the artwork that could be disassembled, creating a silk-screen version, which was printed on various animal drawings in the two-dimensional work = words for expressing things that cannot be put into words for “Frog Dog.”

 

Photo: Stefano Croci

吉田萠は、記憶やアイデンティティの構造とその視覚化をテーマとし、それらと密接に関係する“物語る方法”、“物語る身体性”について様々なジャンルを通して表現してきました。

今回は、吉田とその姉が幼い頃恐れていたRana(蛙)とCane(犬)をモチーフにしたマリオネットとそのパフォーマンスを軸に展開するプロジェクトの中から、インタラクティブ彫刻/マリオネットの《蛙犬》と、この彫刻から派生した版画、ドローイング、そして関連彫刻一点を展示します。

マリオネットのパフォーマンスは、昨年コロナ禍のため中断を余儀なくされたイタリアでのアトリエレジデンスをきっかけに開始したもので、任意の3名が長い柄につながったマリオネットを、一緒に動かしていきます。《蛙犬》と名付けられたこのマリオネットは、例えば実験や品種改良など、人間の一方的な視点、態度、理解が向けられる様々な動物の象徴でもあり、吉田は「彼らの中の、こちらに知るすべのないもの、故にかえりみられずに打ち捨てられてきたものが、このごろとても気にかかる」と話します。マリオネットをそれらの化身、未知の存在として造形化し、そして他者と言葉を介さずに、その理解を超えたもの、よくわからないものを通してつながる試みです。

会場ではこの《蛙犬》に加えて、その分解可能な部位を撮影、シルクスクリーン製版をつくり様々な動物が描かれたドローイングに印刷した平面作品シリーズ=《蛙犬》のための、言い表せないなにかを物語るための読めないことば、も同時展示します。

 

Photo: Stefano Croci

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9 October – 1 November, 2021, 13:00 – 19:00

(last day, 13:00 – 17:00)

*Gallery will be closed on Wednesdays, Sundays, and holidays.

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No reception for this exhibition.

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