Painting + Drawing
Siori Kitajima is a multimedia artist who explores complexity and abstraction through a variety of techniques and styles. Her paintings are often composed of wild bold compositions, patterns/textures, and fine details. She makes the invisible visible via motifs like ‘space’, ‘tension’ and ‘flow of air’ by fine lines of her scratch technique. She also works with code to create multimedia installation and generative art. Data and statistics play an increasing role in her works.
She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started painting when she was five years old, taught by her grandfather who was a landscape painter. She started her career in 1997 as a professional Illustrator and painter, and has created countless works for Japanese books and magazines.
Since moving to the U.S. in 2007, she began experimenting with several different mediums including Data Visualizations and Digital art, and combining those new methods into her paintings. She is a finalist of world wide data visualization award ‘Information is Beautiful’ 2012. Her work has been featured in galleries, magazines and websites around the world.
Complexity is an inspiration.
The world is complicated. Everything has complexity. I embrace and am attracted to this complexity. My process often starts from thinking about something complex. It is like following one line in a tangled ball of thread.
Physical things have layered systems from the atoms to the cells to our bodies to the universe, which work together to form this reality. All the happenings around us have their relations. But every uncovered relation has its own interpretation. There are different ideas and thoughts by different individuals, which makes a happening vary in meaning based on the person experiencing the happening.
When you think deeply about any of those things, you can imagine the layers continuing infinitely. Complication is beautiful. That is what I attempt to recreate and visualize.
I want my work to trigger in viewers their deep dives into the layers.