Megumi Matsubara’s multidisciplinary work researches the connections between intellectual perception, physical sensitivity, and the transmission of knowledge through what the artist regards as her main medium: space.
Weaving together various media including photography, sound, light, text, sculpture and performance, Matsubara’s practice spans from ephemeral situations to static architecture. These works are inserted into existing environments so as to reconfigure them, achieving an exquisite balance between presence and absence. Each pursuit elicits a distinctive spatial awareness, making it seem as if dreams and mental images are superimposed in a visual realm.
Matsubara’s recent work includes “Un coquelicot,” a photographic installation presented at the 21st DOMANI at the National Art Center, Tokyo, (Japan, 2019); “Fossil of Contact,” a series of ceramic works commissioned by Aichi Triennale (Japan, 2016); a series of bronze sculptures cast from clay objects formed by blind students in Morocco and Egypt “A proposal for a textbook to learn Braille, English, and other languages,” presented at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia Milano (Italy, 2015), before Aichi Triennale (Japan, 2016), Marrakech Biennale (Morocco, 2016), Poétique du geste (France, 2018); an olfactory installation “Undress” realised upon commission by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen for Carrefour/Treffpunkt exhibition at ifa-Galerie Stuttgart/Berlin (Germany, 2015).
Likewise, Matsubara’s work presented in the domain of architecture are ‘House of 33 Years’ (Nara, 2013) and ‘It is a Garden’ (Nagano, 2016) among others, with ASSISTANT; interdisciplinary architecture firm co-founded with Hiroi Ariyama in 2002.
Since 2012, Megumi Matsubara lives in Fès (Morocco) and Tokyo (Japan).
Between 2012 and 2019, Matsubara has published six artist’s books of poetry and imagery. All printed in limited editions and numbered, the complete titles are found in two locations, Tokyo and Tangier; such as EOS Art Books, Librarie des Colonnes.