tagboat GALLERY is pleased to present Shiori Ishikawa solo show “Hey Humans,”.
December 14 – December 26 , 2018
Open hours : 12:00-19:00 MON-FRI
I use pet animals as a motif because they are like the mirror of truth that reflects human nature. Unlike wild animals, pets can hardly survive without our protection and care. They have developed the vulnerability as a new trait and become something other than what wild animals should naturally be. Their personalities are more strongly affected by how, where, and by whom they are raised than inherent dispositions. How they acquire their characteristics from the environment and training is quite similar to our social behaviors. Looking at ourselves through our pets or “the mirror of truth,” we can finally realize that we are always open to a variety of influence and keep changing, which makes our values so diverse.
What is right can be completely different to different people.
People acquire different mindsets as they grow up in different environments or receive different educations. Everyone has a different background and it shapes different personalities and values.
So if I create a work of art to criticize something specific, the message will come out self-righteous and non-universal. To criticize means to point out a failure and suggest it should be made right. However, what we perceive is right or wrong differs from person to person. Satirical work strongly reflects the artist’s personal opinions, complaints, or desires, so not everyone can sympathize with the issues raised by the artist. Because I know my personal opinion is not the single absolutely correct answer, I do not want to force my idea to anyone like some dogmatic religious leaders. Moreover, my answers will keep changing based on whom I meet and what I see in the future.
Then what I can do now is to show the world that there is no answer that is absolutely right and that right answers can vary depending on many factors including people’s backgrounds or positions, and may even change over time.