Chisato Yasui was born in Aichi, Japan in 1984. She is a ceramics and mixed media artist. She graduated with an MA in Art and Design from University of Tsukuba in 2010. She lives in Ibaraki and has been working on creative activities.
Chisato has been interested in subconsciousness since childhood. She feels something what can’t be seen connects us with this world deeply. She has been trying to make many people understand its importance, that is, what part “invisible-connection” takes.
When she was a sophomore at university, she met ceramics. She realized that in its working process it was important to talk to the materials and to follow her own intuition and sense of touch. And an idea came to her that ceramics are a suitable means to express what she wants to convey. Since then ceramics have been her main way to express her idea.
Chisato is involved in the workshop called “Yui’s pottery workshop”, which utilizes the ceramic system. It aims to connect people to people and to give a place where communication can arise naturally. She shows many people there “a way to connect each other” not only through her works but also through the workshop.
I would like to express my idea on the “chaos of this world,” “a sense of separation″, and ″a sense of unity″ by combining ceramics and common materials in my daily life. We live in such a chaotic world that we probably want to find out a right order for us and to be bound to one another through the order.
Some of my installation works will be exhibited on the theme of “skin″. It connects the inside and the outside of our body and therefore I regard it as a vessel which contains both our body and spirit. At the same time, it is like an important organ which closely connects this world and us.
I express how “my skin” feels, using ceramics and various materials such as cloths, paper, plastics, beeswax, and wires. They parasitize everywhere in a room, sometimes standing individually, at other times twining around one another. I would like to exhibit their various forms on the walls, on the floor, on the bed… as if “what my skin is” erodes the room. The room will be my body itself. In this way, I would like to give visitors an image that they are wrapped in my body.
Visitors can touch my works. Touching them will lead to touching me indirectly. I hope they will get conscious of what their new sense feels through their inherent sense of body by touching or seeing, not by thinking. In this exhibition, I hope my works will enable visitors to create a close relationship between them and me, if possible, among them, through their collective unconsciousness.
Using ceramics, I symbolize the textures of various substances. Some of my works are made up of only ceramic parts, and others are made up of ceramics and other different materials. Also, I give shape to my ceramic works following my inspiration given out of touching clay.
Using plastics, I model what constitutes my everyday life, such as my body, my property, common things in my house and trees in a nearby park. Then, I make shapes putting cloths and paper on the plastic parts intuitively and unconsciously following my emotions.
I will combine those shapes, using wires mainly, silk threads, hemp strings, and others in a disorderly manner. Then, I put these combinations into water, which makes rust come out of the wires, and it penetrates into the other materials. I coat it with beeswax or seal it with lacquer.
I see these various materials (ceramics, medical plastics, cloths, paper) as “cell″ or “skin″ of me, of someone else, or of the world. I also see the wires which connect all of them as “consciousness″. And the water which my works are immersed in is “subconsciousness″. Beeswax and lacquer are “interstitial fluid″.
I wonder what is hiding in the depths of this world.
They cross my consciousness momentarily and whisper that they are there.
It remains clearly in me that I felt them.
My work expresses the voices and imprints that are left in my consciousness.
I feel that the existence of something outside of consciousness links me to this world and me to other people.
Something nameless exists in the margin of the world, and I believe that various forms of our relationships are created in those marginal spaces.
I feel the significance of our existence is also in these spaces. I want my work to be the marginal spaces, and interact with the world and people.