Chie Matsui

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By using mediums such as drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and video, Chie Matsui has created a substantial body of work communicating various contemporary and universal ideals. Her work reflects both personal and public memories through the use of highly symbolic material, exposing human nature in simplistic forms.
Matsui’s most recognized series HEIDI is a combination of allegorical stories and personal revelation. Performance and the interaction between body and space is a large component of Matsui’s video work; the ‘character’ navigates through the artist’s desired environment, childlike at times, however she encapsulates the essence of contemporary displacement through movement and sound.
Matsui chooses to create her video works within the space the artwork will be presented. The piece is unedited, utilizing the camera not as a form of documentation, but as an intrinsic part of the performance’s totality. The video subsequently becomes one with the space, yet also distanced and detached, reinforcing the artist’s attitude towards peoples dislocation with society and our surroundings.
Through the presentation of various states of human desire Matsui formulates the inner workings of social structures and breaks them down through symbolism and visual codes. Her work is rooted within a state of other-worldliness; dreamlike in its presentation yet hauntingly familiar.
Her installations include forms and objects of autobiographical reference, exuding a strong tactility often related to her body. Matsui envelops viewers within her art, allowing them to participate and navigate through her work/environment. The lusciousness and eerie beauty of her art, whether that is in video, photograph or sculptural form is a testament to Matsui’s training and breadth of skill.
Matsui has been exhibiting since the 80’s and has held solo showings in Japan and around the world. She has been invited to exhibit at the Venice Biennale, MOMA New York and the Yokohama International Triennial of Contemporary Art. Most recently she exhibited in Trace Elements, a group showing in Sydney, Australia.

Works

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Video work

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she reaches 2000 40:26

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She dissolves 2000 35:56

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KOJIMA 2002 24:03

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KOSO-DORO 2003 13:29
HIMARAYA 2003 36:46

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HEIDI 44 2004 37:37

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HEIDI 44-II 2005 6:54

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HEIDI 44-III 2005 7:38

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HEIDI 45 2005 15:00

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Exhibitions