ERIKO KANIWA | Japan
Eriko Kaniwa is a photographic fine artist based in Tokyo, and the creator of the SENSEGRAPHIA.
SENSEGRAPHIA is a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express a sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of the Earth. It is a major concept of her works. Kaniwa spent two years exploring the symbols of Japanese nature worship, which are exemplified in the “eight million gods” of Shinto, and reflecting on how ancient Japanese viewed natural scenery and symbolized it as an object of prayer. Traveling to over twenty locations throughout Japan, she captured images of torii gates built in water, sacred “wedded rocks,” World Heritage sites, and other spiritual landscapes. These images are collected, together with text, in her book JOKEI: Symbols of Nature Worship, Sacred Places in Japan. The book was multiple awarded internationally as the one of the best fine art photo book in the world.
At the same time, she creates many types of digitally enhanced artworks based on her philosophy.
The series of imaginative works have been honored by multiple international awards. Her variety types of works can be found at some online galleries in London and NY., also at the photographic art fairs and international exhibitions such as Paris Photo/fotofever 2018, Barcelona Foto Biennale, 2018, and others. Currently her solo show is coming up scheduled April 2019 in London. Her interview/articles have been published on the magazines such as NY ARTNews “Meet the artist Eriko Kaniwa”. Also some art works will be featured at HOUSE & GARDEN magazine, and "100 Artists for the Future” by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine soon.
“To take photographs and look at them is to become a witness to the manifestation of events that appear and disappear within the flow of time immemorial. For me, photography is not a philosophical metaphor for death or the past, but rather a crystallization of the temporal dimension with which human react so vitally, achieved through the medium of light.“