Araki’s works are based on the history, climate, and time of the region where she conducts her fieldwork. She mainly uses assemblage (*) as her production technique. Decorative objects, daily products, toys, and other objects around us that were once something, that reflected someone’s thoughts and ideas or that have had traveled from a place to another or had suffered the passing of time, become lovely and interesting materials for her. These materials are gathered, reconstructed, and reworked into art pieces that seem to be in dialogue with the objects and spaces they inhabit.
In 2010, Araki began creating the “Monotone Series,” a series in which she collected monochromatic objects and combines them into a single form without using any extra coloring, but rather working with the shapes and colors of the objects as they were found. For Araki, searching and collecting materials is the most important part of her creative process. Within a single color there is a range of colors, and each color has its own relationship to the way it is used, the material it is made of, its original purpose, and the image it evokes. Color and objects are inseparable. She says, “There are colors that are easy to collect, colors that are hard to collect, things that are easy to find, things that were handed down from one person to another, things that came to me from one person to another and things that I have collected over the past 10 years. I try to accept the meaning of the colors, the meaning of the objects, and the various preconceptions and images attached to them. Instead of painting colors or changing shapes, I try to make use of the characteristics of the colors and shapes as they are. The world, people, things, and myself keep changing and I make them as I age and as I am at that moment. By collecting, recording, and repeating the act of creation, I believe that the works and the act of collecting are a device and a catalyst for understanding changes in the collective values and consciousness.”
The motive used in this exhibition’s artworks is high heels. Araki has had the habit of collecting things that she like since she was young, and high heels were one of them. The first artwork she made also used high heels and it has been become an important motif for her. Amidst the frustration generated by the global pandemic, the anxiety, sadness and resentment caused by disasters or war and the midst of complicated emotions, Araki uses the high heels, beautiful and strong shoes, to search for shapes gathered in each color creating colorful, fun and powerful artworks and spaces.
(*) Assemblage Assemblage is an artistic form or medium usually created on a defined substrate that consists of three-dimensional elements projecting out of or from the substrate. It is similar to collage, a two-dimensional medium. It is part of the visual arts and it typically uses found objects but is not limited to these materials. Source: Wikipedia