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Madoka Chiba

Madoka Chiba (千葉麻十佳)

Born in Sapporo, Japan in 1982

In 2007, graduated from Tokyo National University of the Arts, and in 2009, finished the master’s course in Sculpture at Tokyo National University of the Arts.

After completing, got a scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and studied at University of Art Berlin.

Two awards for honor from the Univ. of Tokyo in 2007.

Award from juries of Maebashi Art Compe Live in 2011 (3rd. prize) and 2012 (Morimura Yasumasa prize).

Past exhibitions (selected):
“1000 Grad” at Hohhaus Museum Lauterbach, Lauterbach 2017
Nakanojo Biennale 2015 “Rays” at Hirosakari and “Meltings Stone by Sunlight” at Museé, Nakanojo 2015
“Tracing Light” at Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo 2015
“Ich kann mich nicht erinnern” at Historischer Keller, Berlin 2014
“das unbewusste Naturgesetz” at jdzb, Berlin 2013

Artist in Residence:
Listhus, Ólafsfjördur, Iceland 2016
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo, Japan 2015

Artist Statement

My recent works are focused on phenomenon, which doesn’t exist in the nature world. Namely, the artworks are created by artificial reproductions of the nature. Especially, the sun and electric light are used as materials for creating my works.

The reason I create light-related works is because I am interested in the artificial meanings humans attribute to natural objects.

Light is a classical theme in the art world. Generally, painters describe it as a beautiful thing. However, the light I use in my works is not beautiful, different aspect of it is presented.

Nowadays, light has a variety of meanings:
A long time ago, there was no electricity. Only the sun and fire gave us light. It was god and, at the same time, an object of reverence and fear.

But in the present age, we treat it not as god, but as physical energy.
Nuclear weapons create a large quantity of light. The people exposed to the radiation of the bomb called it “Pika-Don” (flash-bomb). Also, nuclear fuels without reactors are emitting intense light. Light is not god anymore, but is still an object of fear. We are creating an object of fear with our own hands.

In addition, the interpretation of light also differs depending on region. For example, Japan is the Land of the Rising Sun. However, people avoid the sun using the hats and the sunshades. In Germany, people enjoy tanning their bodies in the summer and Indian people enjoy a rainy day more than a sunny one.

Even if the perceptions differ, all humans may feel something in common.