Atsuko Yamagata

Fluctuation 4
handmade paper, acrylic, indian ink, glue on plexiglass, 10 x 25 x 6 cm, 2018

Fluctuation 5
handmade paper, acrylic, indian ink, glue on plexiglass, 10 x 25 x 6 cm, 2018


Mirthful and Personal Room
handmade pina paper, acrylic, indian ink, glue on canvas, 39 x 30 cm, 2019

Born 1982 in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan. Lives and works in Manila, Philippines. Atsuko Yamagata has started her career as a visual artist since 2006 when she lived in Tokyo. She moved to Philippines in 2012 and her activities have expanded more and more in the art scene in Manila. She has been participating in numerous exhibitions mainly in Philippines , also in Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. Yamagata is basically a self-taught artist. She received B.A. Faculty of Foreign Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, especially she majored in Indonesian language as part of a cultural study of Southeast Asia. After years, she entered Musashino Art University in Tokyo to study fine arts, and took some courses for a year and dropped out. In recent years, she had many solo exhibitions and joined remarkable group exhibitions such as three solo exhibitions in 2018, “Uncontrolled Artificiality” at Finale Art File, “Born Softly” at MO_Space, “Belongingness” at West Gallery. “Breathing, breeding, blowout ” at Art Informal, and “borrowed scenery” at Underground gallery are both in 2017. She had another solo exhibition in her hometown Sapporo City in 2017, “made roots here” at Hotel Nikko Sapporo. Also, she was selected as a participating artist in Nakanojo Biennale 2017 in Gunma Prefecture(Japan) and did residence there to make artworks for the Biennale.

Artist Statement

Conversation between place and identity is my subject matter for Yamagata. There is always nature and things derived from living & in being, we become an intermediary of it. As a consequence, materials related to the conversation is transformed into a primitive and organic shape. Yamagata’s exploration in the forms of biogenesis expands to study the animistic thought in some past projects. And it gets back to the matter of place and identity.

In order to enhance the concept, she utilizes contingency and spontaneity while making artworks. Uncontrolled forms which organic materials make is the beginning of her process. Eventually, Yamagata pursues a form that gives sensory experience to audiences by reminding them of the difference in and/or similarities about places, culture, and living organism.