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aricoco
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am an interdisciplinary artist, born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. I make bags, masks and garments out of various different materials to create nests that are like my own home. They serve as protective gear and environments for habitation I create. My art practice reenacts a relentless temperament of a child running away from home, armed with a bag full of toys, searching for a new place to survive. Interacting with my nests, I invent ritualistic play that revives my childhood experiences and interprets the influences of my own culture, particularly its reverence for the native environment. Paradoxically, I harbor a deep-seated fear of the untamed nature, especially insets. In my attempt to acknowledge my phobia through cathartic exploration in sculpture and performance art, I became interested in how social insects such as ants construct and maintain their colony with the process of non-hierarchical self-organization. It invigorated my investigations in both individual and communal concepts of “nest/home” as a temporary shelter and gives me hope – if those little creatures can think/act locally and eventually effect globally, perhaps humans can do that too!? As part of my ongoing efforts to comprehend the human condition, I examine the concept of community building through the lens of social insects, paralleling human systems with those of social insects. Using visual and performative processes, I explore ideas of eusociality - a phenomenon unique to the insect world, which can be understood as the overarching rules that define a colony/community’s progress and structure, as well as, how these rules evolved over time.
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