Chiho Aoshima is part of a generation of Japanese artists who can expertly combine elements of fantasy and myth with contemporary language. Through a mix of digital animation, sculptures, and hand-painted works, Aoshima is also at the forefront of mixing mediums and practicies into a singular vision and aesthetic, where childlike imagery comes into focus with sophisticated and mysterious darkness. Her new show, Our Tears Shall Fly Off Into Outer Space, is on view now at Perrotin in Hong Kong through October 14, 2020. 

As the gallery notes: Aoshima’s deep interest in Japan’s religious traditions, Shinto in particular, is evident in her work. She believes in something spiritual that transcends the “sad but unescapable realities of this world,” and in the cycle of death and rebirth. Takaamanohara, where Japanese Shinto deities reside, is one such heavenly place where the world is reborn. When asked about her inspiration for this, Aoshima answered: “The evolution of human civilization is great; humankind thinks nature precious, but it is difficult for humankind and nature to coexist. I represented these two souls that cannot understand each other through images of buildings and mountains.”

All images: ©Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Perrotin.