AYA ITO

solo exhibition “THE HOLE”

穴 SizeXS THE HOLE SizeXS 2015 oil on canvas 114 × 273 cm (18 pieces, each size:38 × 45.5 cm) ©Aya Ito

【Concept】

Motifs such as ghosts and cheap toys appear in the paintings of Aya Ito. It is not only caused by the absurdity of the motifs, but gradually the viewers are confused. Each motif seems to be collaged with an impression depth and as a whole, the painting has an original sense of winding space.
This derives from her original process of creation. Ito first sets her canvas paintings, paper drawings, ceramic sculptures, fabric and furniture in a room to make a diorama. Sometimes the size exceeds 5 meters in width, height and depth. Ito steps into the world of her diorama, and by taking photographs, she can examine the compositions, angles and visual effects that she discovers unexpectedly. Then later she moves on to creating the actual painting.
This minute process which she calls “photo drawing”creates a richly detailed reality. On the other hand, the sea of colors spread all over as if to invalid the use of space, and the languishing expressions of the motifs altogether draw the viewers into its addictive charms.

Artist Profile

Aya Ito

Aya Ito was born in Arida-city, Wakayama in 1987. She received MFA from Department of Painting, Graduate School of Art, Kyoto City University of Arts. She lives and works in Ireland. Ito received the Suntory award at “Art Camp in Kunst-Bau 2007” (Suntory Museum, Osaka), the Shu Uemura Prize and the Judge’s Prize (Yuko Hasegawa) at “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2011”. Her major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2010” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2010), and “RESONANCE” (Suntory Museum, Osaka, 2010), “Really Realistic Reality” (The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, 2015). She has recently presented work at “AYA ITO & ATSUSHI KAGA IT HAPPENS TO BE” (Pallas Projects/Studios, Ireland) in July 2017. She also had solo exhibition “Sleeping Stone” (8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo) in September 2017.

1987 Born in Wakayama, Japan
2009 B.F.A. Kyoto City University of Arts
2011 M.F.A. Kyoto City University of Arts