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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. When I was a child, I started to stage brief, runaway-from-home rituals. I usually packed my favorite toys in my special bag and escaped to just outside the house. My bag was my playground and became my portable home I could carry around with me. I still carry this restless temperament to run away from home and search for my own place to be. In an effort to find my place, I make bags, garments and masks to create nests that are like my own home. These sculptures function as cocoons for me, to heal and nourish myself so that I regain strength to survive when I emerge from them. Interacting with my nest, I invent ritualistic play that revives my childhood experiences and interprets the influences of my own culture. I use different materials, performance and video to piece together my past and my present, the discipline and distraction of a cross-cultural existence. A feeling of alienation from nature dictates my choice of materials and processes. With these materials, I package my body to affirm my existence in a reality where I suffer from a sense of disconnection. Enacting my own temporary shelter, I expose my struggle and desperate hope to get through today.
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