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 Ayano Matsumae                                                                                            


 Born in Tokushima, Japan

 Lives & works in USA 


a Japanese artist/tiny part of nature. Growing up in several rural areas in Japan, she has been conscious of mysterious energies and expressions in nature since childhood.  She explores them in her everyday life by observation, reading books about the laws of nature and learning how humans see, recognize and try to understand the world. She started writing Haiku to express her impressions of a moment in nature with observation, then took more direct methods: analogue photography with albumen printing techniques on Japanese handmade paper.  She makes portraits of nature to capture a life, moment, light, atmosphere and energy that she feels in the moment. Her focus is creating work that become an interface between nature and humans' conception of nature (including humans and the universe).  Recently, Matsumae started practicing Noh chanting with an interest in both the physical, performative aspect of chanting, as well as exploring the ongoing exchange between human and non-humans that occur through Noh.



   BA. in Aesthetics, Faculty of Letter, University of Tokyo.


 Solo show

   2015 -Nov.            "Look at Me, I'm Here" at Le Cabinet Ilya, Tokyo, Japan

   2022 -Oct.-Nov.  "・○  TeN eN " at OBSERVATORY, Belfast, ME


Lecture / Presentation 

   2018 - Artist talk/Albumen print workshop 

    at Bennington College, Bennington, VT

   "Washi-Japanese paper / Japanese sensibilities and attitudes toward nature"

   2014 - Artist talk/Presentation at Bennington College, Bennington, VT

   "Japanese sensibilities and attitudes toward nature"

Visiting artist

   2018 Awagami factory visiting artist program

   2019 Awagami factory visiting artist program


   2017 - Appeared on Japanese TV program, "New York Photographer          

   Seeking Paper in Echizen" interviewed by Fukui TV Station

   2022 - Republican Journal news article :Completing the circle

                 Solo exhibition'・ ◯   TeN eN ' was covered focusing on 'enso practice'









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