Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Asuka Nirasawa has studied fine art at Tokyo University of The Arts. For a part of her life she lived in India and participated in several artist residency programs in Europe and South Africa. Her travels between divergent countries opened her creative mind wider and deeper. Traveling has in fact been an immense source of inspiration for her paintings, drawings, photographic collages, video installations and graphics. She currently lives and works in Den Haag, Netherlands.
An artist in vivid color
In her works, she endeavors to expose the obscure parts of reality. In daily life we seldom consider reality beyond our senses and general cognition. We are indeed unfamiliar with the complex mechanisms, forms and colors of particles and cells of the microscopic world. Expressing and sensing this separate reality helps us escape from the threat of boredom in a comparatively colorless world. She finds an incredible source of inspiration in human and animal anatomy, especially at a microscopic level. Her art is indeed rich in color and form; seemingly fantastic at first glance, but ultimately ruthlessly practical and designed for uncompromising efficiency. This world seems mystical at first, but these biological systems are designed with the single purpose of converting matter into energy, obeying the irresistible inclination of the universe to chaos.We invent large parts of our life simply to avoid self-reflection – missing life in the process.
The dynamics of modernity (sophistication) and primitiveness (savagery) stir Asuka Nirasawa ‘s imagination. She continues to experiment with drawings, paintings and photographic collages. In her works, one finds a mix of the modern, traditional and pop culture worlds in vivid, eccentric and infinite colors. Her process seeks to create art to express a tangible version of her thoughts and emotions, often involving moving back and forth between the conscious and sub-conscious. She is always in the process of finding such a transcendental moment.