TAMAI Sachi Exhibition

Connected figures

May 17th Tue. 〜 May 22nd Sun. 2022 


Human Figures Living with Others

Red body, blue body, yellow body ・・・

My works represent human society on the fabric by the composition of abstracted bodies, whose expression on their faces, sex, and age are obscured, and whose forms are continually combined or separated from each other.

I use the Katazome technique, the traditional Japanese dyeing technique. It composes various patterns of human body of life-size or small-size, and completes the dyed fabric with those patterns by reversing some molds of them continuously or repeating the work of dyeing from the front and the backside. The dyed figure appears gradually with some blurred outlines through continuous uses of patterns, and through both protective uses of glue against dyeing and adjustments of dyeing over and over again. The dyed colors will look layered. But unlike oil paints, the dye materials will infiltrate into the fabric less than 1 mm thick and keep its surface texture and materiality as they are. And there comes out the human world of horizontal and flat space which spreads on the original fabric with depth.

Once I have dyed a pattern onto the fabric, I cannot erase the pattern from its surface. Its colors and forms continue to exist in my works. Or, once I have cut the paper with a knife for molding, I cannot restore the original one even if I was mistaken in cutting. I wonder these processes of dyeing may be applicable to human conditions. In addition, the Katazome technique has a long history of development in the Japanese culture in which familiar materials such as glutinous rice, rice bran (Nuka), soybeans, etc. have been utilized. I always feel the aspect suits my temperament.

I have presented works conscious of the connection to “Others” or the relationship with “Others” recently, particularly by identifying “Myself” through the existence of “Others.” Since 2017, I have exhibited my works not in museums and galleries, but also in places where I can strongly feel the existence of people (train stations, hotels, and outdoor locations such as shrines and roads). I constantly hope that my works will be a part of the experiment to make self-realization between society and people, between nature and people, and between people and people.




1983 Born in Osaka,Japan
2006 Graduated from the School of Art (Textile Design), Kyoto Seika University
2008 Graduated from the Graduate School of Art(Dyeing and Weaving), Kyoto Seika University

【Solo Exhibitions】
2008 Izuminomori-Hall Gallery/ Osaka
2015 ‘Never Ending Cycle of Reincarnation’ , Gallery MARONIE/ Kyoto 2017 ‘Human Being’, HOTEL ANTEROOM KYOTO/ Kyoto
2019 ’Connection genesis’, Gallery NATSUKA/ Tokyo
2021 ‘Compose’, CondeHouse Osaka/ Osaka

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2007-2010 ‘Nitten’ Exhibition ( New National Museum/Tokyo, Aichi Prefectural Art Museum/Nagoya, and Kyoto Municipal Museum/Kyoto) 2007-2012 ‘Nihon-shinkogei’ Exhibition( New National Museum/Tokyo, Matsuzakaya Art Museum/Nagoya, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum/Kyoto,Kita-Kyusyu Art Museum/Fukuoka)
2007 〈Tokyo Governor Prize〉, 2010〈Uenonomori Art Museum Prize〉
2008-2010 ‘Kyo-ten’ Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Art Museum/Kyoto)
2008 〈Kusube Prize〉
2008 ‘Hopeful New Artists of Nihon-shinkogei’ Exhibition (Daimaru Kyoto Art Gallery/Kyoto)
2010 ‘Selected Hopeful New Katazome Artists in Kyoto: Five Artists’ Exhibition (Dye Museum Seiryukan/ Kyoto)
2011 ‘Some-Seiryu’ Exhibition (Dye Museum Seiryukan/ Kyoto)
2012 ‘Dyeing Kabuki and Noh’ Exhibition (Dye Museum Seiryukan/ Kyoto)
2013 ‘Hopeful New Artists of Arts and Crafts Exhibition: 2013 Kyoto Art Biennale’ (Culture Museum/Kyoto)
 ‘19 Handsome Women’ Exhibition (Dye Museum Seiryukan/ Kyoto)
2015 ‘The 60th Hyogu Exhibition’ (Kyoto Kangyo Museum-Miyako Messe/Kyoto)
2016 ‘Pioneering of Dyeing -Beauty and Utility-‘ (Dye Museum Seiryukan/ Kyoto)
  Exhibition of 18 Graduates and Students, Kyoto Seika University (Gallery MARONIE/Kyoto)
2017  Shibuya Art Festival 2017 (Shibuya station yard/ Tokyo)
2019  SICF20 EXHIBITION (Spiral hall/ Tokyo)
2021 ‘Line Temtation Katazome Exhibition’ (Dye Museum Seiryukan/ Kyoto)