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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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  • Ant Keeper
    2017
    Performance/Digital Print

  • PIPORNOT's Superorganism
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    Exhibited at La MaMa Galleria

  • PIPORNOT's Masks
    2017-18
    Mixed media installation

  • Mating Sector (Natural Habitat)
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • PIPORNOT's Superorganismic Performance
    2018
    Performance
    Collaborative performance supported by Franklin Furnace.

  • Nursing Chamber
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Foraging Station
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Shed-wings Storage
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Powerless Fur
    2017
    Mixed media
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Sisters
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Burial Ground
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Powerless Insect Queen
    2017-18
    Mixed media performance
    Performance view for "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Superorganismic Receptionist (Lady Harley)
    2018
    Mixed media installation
    A part of the installation "PIPORNOT's Superorganism"

  • Diagram for PIPORNOT's Superorganismic Campsite
    2018
    Mixed media

  • Runningaway Furoshiki
    2013
    Mixed media installation
    Exhibited at Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan

  • Runningaway Furoshiki
    2013
    Performance
    Collaborative performance at Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan

  • Queen's Cocoon Bag
    2013
    Mixed media Installation
    A part of the installation "Runningaway Furoshiki"

  • Nest-un-Settled part II
    2013
    Mixed media   Variable

  • nest-un-settled (adult)
    2010
    Mixed media/Performance   Variable

  • RUNawayHOME
    2011
    Mixed media installation   approx. 12'x6'x7'
    Performed at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
 








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