Megumi Matsubara expresses thoughts and ideas in the form of spaces, weaving together various media including photography, sound, light, text and performances; her 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.
In 2016, Matsubara completed three new commission works: for Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, Aichi Triennale (Japan); Not New Now, Marrakech Biennale 6 (Morocco); Slow Dialogues: Time, Space, and Scale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (USA). Other most recent works include an olfactory installation ‘Undress’ upon commission by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen for Carrefour/Treffpunkt at ifa-Galerie Stuttgart/Berlin (Germany, 2015); 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’ at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia Milano (Italy, 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.