Statement

 鉄を素材として、時のなかで「変わりゆくものと変わらず在り続けるもの」をテーマに創作活動を行っている。

 主に可燃性ガスのアセチレンと酸素を利用するガス溶接・溶断技法を用いた独自の手法で、空間にドローイングを連想させる鉄彫刻の作品を制作。手切り用のガス溶断器で鉄を切断し、切断した際に発生する鉄くずの「スラグ」同士をガス溶接で溶かしながら繋げる手法によって、空間に自由自在なかたちと余白を生み出していく。

 また、2015年から故郷岐阜県の伝統工芸品・美濃手すき和紙に、鉄粉や錆、金箔や金糸などの金属素材を用いたドローイングを展開。かたち在るものが朽ちていく美、華麗と枯淡という相反する儚さがゆるやかに溶け合う空間を創造する。

日本の伝統と革新、表現と技術の融合を試みることにより、金属彫刻における新たな価値創造の可能性を追求している。

Mai Horayama was born in 1992 in Gifu, Japan. She graduated from Tama Art University in 2020 with a degree in sculpture. And also She graduated at the top of her class from the university and from the same graduate school. She is a member of the Japan Federation of Artists and Assistant Professor, Yokohama University of Art and Design.

Using iron as a material, She creates works based on the theme of  "Things that change and things that continue to exist without changing" in the course of time.

She creates iron sculptures that are reminiscent of drawings in the margins of space, using a unique technique of gas welding and fusing, mainly using the flammable gases acetylene and oxygen. The iron is cut with a gas fulcrum for hand cutting. The iron scrap generated when cutting is called "slag". The "slag" is then melted together by gas welding, and the joining technique creates a free and flexible shape in space.


She has also produced drawings on Mino washi, a traditional craft of her hometown in Gifu Prefecture, using metal materials such as iron powder,iron rust, gold powder and gold leaf. She creates a space in which the beauty of the ephemerality of the decay of the splendid and the contradiction of the pallid and the splendid are gently blended together.

 

She pursues the possibility of new expression in metal sculpture by attempting to fuse Japanese tradition and innovation, expression and technique.