17.12.2022 – 23.04.2023
Congratulations to PArt artist Miwa Ogasawara on her solo museum exhibition!
The work of Miwa Ogasawara is always enshrouded in a unique atmosphere. Clues are indistinct and ambiguous; facts and events seem to be missing. The artist deliberately renders her images blurry, which weakens the sense of volume of objects and material forms, and to a certain extent, removes their substantial existence. Spectators, therefore, are unable to associate these images with situations in the real world, but will instead find a channel to gaze inward. What Ogasawara seeks to explore is the fundamentals of humanity: What exactly makes us who we are today? How do we exist? How complicated and baffling our existence and the working of the mind are indeed.
The works of Ogasawara look like dreams visualized in real life. However, they present no narratives of dreams; contrarily, they are embedded with hints and metaphors. The world she creates through her works is constituted of light and shadow, and moves between truth and reality, always relating to different states and formation. Light and shadow signify time. Yet, the balance between light and darkness in everyday life also points to the contradictory nature inherent in things surrounding our lives, which reminds us of the color gray—a color used by the artist habitually, which unveils a world mixing black and white, or right and wrong, accumulated from innumerous layers of feelings and emotions in life.
I invite viewers to explore their own response about sensitive humanity out of their own memories and experiences. — Miwa Ogasawara
This exhibition borrows its title from the homonymous work by the English writer, Virginia Woolf. To the feminist writer, having one’s own room symbolizes breaking through the social shackles imposed on women in the twentieth-century English society. Hoping to open up an interstice in the predicament facing women authors, she fights for a world with more creative freedom for women artists. In this exhibition, on the other hand, A Room of One’s Own refers to a room that belongs to oneself, in which one can be free to store, shift, or discard—in this intimate process of thinking, one gets to freely perceive the changes of time and light, as well as the reflection of one’s state of mind.
Text: Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art
Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art
No. 26, Ln. 150, Jianxing
Rd., Caotun Township,
Nantou County 54245