Wednesday 21 February – Saturday 3 March
Launch Event: Thursday 22 February, 6 – 8pm)
A Japan Now North featured event
This exhibition combines selected images from two series, Come away, O’…, which explores city-view observatories in Tokyo, and an ongoing series of self-portraits taken over more than a decade in locations around the world. Some images explore the experience of the (Tokyo) city view, focusing on elements such as the window frame, reflections of light and distortion, while in others the figure (subject/artist/viewer) is placed within the Japanese landscape, natural or manmade, indistinct or inseparable from the surroundings. There is a continuous shifting of the boundary between the figure and the landscape, between man, nature and the man-made.
Suzanne Mooney is an Irish artist currently living in Japan. She holds a PhD from Tama Art University, Tokyo, and continues to work as an artist and educator in Tokyo. Utilizing time-based and spatial media she references Romanticism, painting and the Landscape, looking at how we interact within and experience space and Place, individually and collectively. Using imagery from constructed contemporary city spaces and borrowing motifs and imagery from Romantic painting she causes us to question our established perceptions of the world we live in. Mooney has received support from a number of funding bodies, including The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland. She has been awarded residencies in Iceland, Korea, Ireland and Spain and regularly travels to acquire material for new works. She won the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2015.
This exhibition is a feature of Japan Now North, a series of events exploring contemporary Japanese arts and culture, to be held in Sheffield between 21st February and 3rd March. Japan Now North is programmed by the University of Sheffield in partnership with the Japan Foundation and Modern Culture, and supported by the University of Sheffield, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Society. For further details at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/seas/news/japan-now-north-1.755863
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