Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent
Emi Kodama’s work explores the every day through stories that take shape in a multidisciplinary practice. Situated at the intersection of visual art and film, her work includes performance, installation, video, sound, photography, and drawing. Writing with a minimalism that emphasizes brevity and intensity, she attempts to be precise about the commonplace in a way that sheds new light on familiar objects and situations and blends her imagination with yours. Causing this imaginary overlap, her works aim to give others the opportunity to spend time in their inner world — for them to be curious, ask questions, and realize the power of their own imagination.
Originally from Vancouver (CA), Kodama has been based in Belgium since 2008, where she graduated from the Higher Institute of Fine Art (HISK), a post-graduate program in Ghent. She has an MFA from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen (NL) and a BFA from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Enschede (NL).
During her residency, Kodama wishes to create paper landscapes in different scales, textures and colours while trying to explore the relationship between physical and mental landscapes. The paper landscapes are in dialogued with her imagination, as seeing them take shape (as mountains, canyons, and valleys) helps her imagine ways to hike through or fly over them. These journeys crossing mountains and hights inform the stories she develops. This method gives the opportunity to create her writing about landscapes and to manually work with different materials.
07.01 introduction and fragment from “On this side is the lake, but on the other side is the ocean”
Imagine a person sitting next to you. Who would it be? They are looking at you like you are a sunny beach, an apple orchard, a deer on a snowy day. You notice that they block the most important part of the view. But it doesn’t bother you because you prefer looking at them to looking at the landscape. And besides, when they laugh, you can catch a glimpse of what’s behind them.
© Image by Paul McGee