Voyage – Emerging Artists Support Program Solo Exhibition of Rena Kudo “Unpublic Mother and Child”
Saturday July 16th through Sunday September 4th, 2022 at the Sugimura Jun Museum of Art
(Shiogama City), 30 minutes east of Sendai.
10:00–17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Admission (permanent collection + special exhibition):
• Adults: 500 yen
• University / High school students: 400 yen
• Junior high school students and under: Free
• Discount for museum members and people with special needs.
The Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art is proud and delighted to present the artists featured in the 2022 edition of Voyage – our annual program supporting local emerging contemporary artists.
This year, we showcase the work of two Miyagi-based artists who hail from very unique interdisciplinary backgrounds: film director, artist, and writer Fumi Suzuki and visual artist Rena Kudoh.
Inspired from her memories, encounters, travels, and deep desire to understand her world, Rena Kudoh creates her art from the various places she goes to. Specializing in various means of self-expression, her art invites us to explore and understand the intermittent feeling of chaos – between the self, the other and the tangible things in between. A feeling that goes beyond words.
Joining us for the eighth annual edition of Voyage, Rena features a collaborative piece centered on the theme of "cooking" that was created with Liang, her mother, who travels between both Shanghai, China, and Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
Inspired from both the tragic Heian-era Shiogama folklore story of the "Hahakoishi (Stone of mother and child)," and Liang's long career as a food truck vendor serving Chinese cuisine to Japanese audiences, the artwork invites us to explore the universal themes of the family – the deep connection between parent and child and abandonment portrayed in the Hahakoishi, as well discovering one's own cultural heritage from far away.
The feelings of chaos expressed in her work are driven from the unidentified memories together, the child self that she could not let go, and the dreams that seem to fade abruptly, snippets of these gathered as she moves from place to place. She expresses them through painting, pottery, and drawings, to create a world that one feels like they have experienced but have not actually seen.
Handout(Available in Japanese only)
About Rena Kudoh
Born in Miyagi Prefecture, Rena is a visual artist, and graduated from the Faculty of Arts Department at the Tohoku University of Art & Design in 2017. At present, she does not have a permanent base and travels to different places across Asia where makes her artwork.
More details can be found at renakudoh.xyz (Available in English and Japanese)
Translated by JUNBI Supporters