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Yoshihiro Suda



This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Yoshihiro Suda creates meticulously crafted, hand carved wooden flowers and plants - "botanical sculptures" that confound the eye with his rigorous attention to the minute details of plants. He then carefully paints the carvings to simulate the real colors of the plants he replicates. While the craftsmanship of the carving of the plants is awe inspiring, it is the subtle, unexpected placement of the "plants," in the exhibition that creates the excitement. For this installation, Suda has chosen to carve wild plants or weeds, arranging them in existing holes and crevices in the exhibition space.

Artist Statement

My installation work consists of wood-carved plant sculptures and the embodying space. What is important in the installation is to choose the most appropriate plant to a given space, in its meaning, formal quality, and surrounding situation. When the created space is visited by an audience, and he/she perceives something from it, the work will finally gain a significance.


Ten Asian Artists in Residence: October 30, 1999 – July 31, 2000
About The Artist

Yoshihiro Suda was born in Japan in 1969.  Suda graduated from Tama Art University. He holds a BA in Graphic Design.

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