Chiyuki Sakagami “Scriptures from the Birds”

Dates: May 12 – June 10, 2012
Venue: MEM map
open hours:12:00-20:00 closed on Mondays
tel. 03-6459-3205

opening reception May 12, 18:00-


The bird cries

How come your tears don’t dry?

There is no reason to worry

I will take you to my homeland of yesterday

Across the expanse of water and the expanse of snow, even further to the ends of the earth

To that land nobody knows

There your cheeks will never dampen with tears

There, an eternal place where there is only stillness and no time

Come, climb on these wings, let’s go together

To the ends of the earth

By Chiyuki Sakagami


Chiyuki Sakagami produces detailed abstract drawings, oil paintings and sculptures of what seem to be primordial animals and microorganisms. With Parallel Vision her works were introduced to the art world in 1993 at Setagaya Art Museum. Her work straddles boundaries between contemporary art and outsider art. She has shown works domestically and internationally.

Her representative works on paper use watercolor, pencil, ink, quartz and lapis lazuli pigments. Blue is often the underlying tone with many layers of images superimposed on the surface of the work. Last year, we exhibited her Naturalis Historia, a series that only used blue ink.

We would like to present the sequel of her blue ink series, Scriptures from the Birds which uses her favorite animal as a motif. The subjects of her drawings are arranged to appear like the initials of people that were close to her. We have exhibited 40 works in total.