After finishing her studies at Tokyo University of Art, Aki Inomata’s works have been exhibited in Japan and the United States. Her most compelling works are those in her “Why Not Hand Over a “Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?” series. The series was inspired by one of the exposition she participated in, “No Man’s land” exposition held in the French Embassy in Japan, and as the title suggest, prostheses were built for hermit crabs. On discovering the French Embassy in Japan was French until October 2009, became Japanese for the next fifty years, after which it will be returned to France and so on, the artist became interested in exploring themes of immigration, nationality and migration. Ms. Inomata created replicas of a hermit crabs natural exoskeleton using CT scanning to capture 3D renderings and molded the shells into exquisitely detailed various city landscapes: New York, Bangkok, Tokyo and others . As the crabs will mature, they will need new, larger homes, therefore mimicking our movement and necessity for developmentm change and growth.
Images © AKI INOMATA courtesy of AI KOWADA GALLERY
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