Artist Statement



Naoko Tosa, a Japanese artist, has been influenced by several important artistic movements of the 20th century such as surrealism and pop as well as the art and technology movement that began in New York and at the MIT CAVS in Boston in the 1960s -1980s.

She has included in her artworks several traditional Japanese aesthetic sense called “Miyabi雅 (elegance)”, “Utsurohi (time transition)”, “Omokag面影 (remaining image)”, “Wabi-sabi (ephemeral beauty)” and “Inei-Raisan陰翳礼讃 (in praise of shadows).”

As in the 21st century we have to live with computers, the question of “what is the meaning of life?,” that has been pursued by ZEN based based on the idea of harmony between human and nature, becomes more and more important. She has found hidden beauty in nature by giving it various forces such as vibration, pressure, medium conversion, etc., has considered it as the energy in our life, and has expressed it in the form of digital art as video and photos.