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 text, sculpture, photography, and phenomenon of light, 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 solo shows include A PROPOSAL FOR A TEXTBOOK TO LEARN BRAILLE, ENGLISH, AND OTHER LANGUAGES (Fonderia Artistica Battaglia Milano, Italy, 2015); THE BLIND DREAM (Douiria Mouassine Museum, Marrakech, Morocco, 2014), and her recent works were presented in INTER+PLAY (Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan, 2020-2021); DOMANI (National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan, 2019); POÉTIQUE DU GESTE (La Graineterie – centre d’art de la ville de Houilles, France, 2018); AICHI TRIENNALE 2016 (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, 2016); MARRAKECH BIENNALE 6 (Palais El Badii, Marrakech, Morocco, 2016).
Likewise, Matsubara’s work presented in the domain of architecture are IT IS A GARDEN (Nagano, 2017); HOUSE OF 33 YEARS (Nara, 2013); KOROGARU PAVILION (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, 2013) among others, with ASSISTANT; interdisciplinary architecture firm co-founded with Hiroi Ariyama in 2002.
Megumi Matsubara lives in Fès (Morocco) and Tokyo (Japan).
Since 2012, Matsubara has published six artist’s books of poetry and imagery, printed in limited editions in Tangier, Morocco. The complete titles, hand-numbered and signed, are stocked at the bookstores such as EOS Art Books in Tokyo; Librarie des Colonnes, and Librairies les insolites in Tangier.