Oishi Sayaka 大石早矢香 Japanese, b. 1979

The subject of my work is “decoration”. I understand “decoration” enables me to express indescribably complicated emotions and it is indispensable to human beings. 

Decoration is a main theme for Oishi Sayaka throughout her career. Just one conversation alone was enough for us to understand that she believes that decoration is an important vehicle used to convey human emotions, before written language. She is interested in the notion of a primordial order in the experience, expression, and manifestation of emotion, and how our emotions are part of an innate codification to be honored through art.


You may find some parts are organic motifs, while others are not. Some forms are imaginary while others are realistic. Guns, human hands, moss, and plates are mixed together. This chaos makes some viewer uncomfortable she says. As an island nation, Japan imported foreign culture and transformed it into their own. They go to temple, shine, and church for different occasions and have no religious problem. In Shinto, they believe that there are eight million different gods in the world. In this polytheistic culture, bad and good, light and darkness coexist. And Oishi's work is rooted in this culture deeply. 


Growing up in a rural area, Oishi affirms that nature is inclusive and that it has its rules of perfect beauty such as symmetry, fractal, the Fibonacci sequence. The beauty of nature are results of necessary survival. It is meaningful and convincing. 

She studied and tries to apply such rules to her work, so that it reaches to people who doesn't share the same language as her. Her decorations are as raw as her emotions, and at the same time well calculated and elaborated.