MUTED IMPRINTS: An Installation by MISAKO INAOKA
Misako Inaoka is known for her kinetic sculpture and site-specific installations. The artist’s desire to carefully construct miniature environments that evoke wilderness, but are grounded in technology, comes from a long-standing interest in, as she says, “the boundary between what we call natural and artificial.” Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1977, Inaoka lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Expect to walk among birds twittering in tree branches, a deer shyly glancing up at you, and fantastical worlds tucked behind an ordinary wall. Expect also to find bizarre combinations of animal and machine, both endearing and unsettling. An incremental tilt of a small bird’s head when you near it, or a flash of light and color glimpsed through a peephole in an otherwise unobtrusive wall, signals the viewer that they should move in, as close as possible, to delight in the invented creatures and landscapes of Inaoka’s imagination. The relationship between the viewer and Inaoka’s artwork is one of discovery. The viewer’s presence brings the exhibition to life, literally.