Aya Ito

TKG Projects #2 Aya Ito


Aya Ito’s works have unique motifs such as zombi, ghost, and ones that are “vulgar, not erotic but childish”. Viewers may be surprised, amused, and imagine that Ito paints them unrestrainedly and spontaneously. Her works, which embrace unusual sense of space, however, are composed through a series of careful process. Ito creates maquette and examines the visual effects by taking many photographs, before she starts painting. She transforms the unexpected things happen in the process into some reality with special density. “I would like to make a zombi become a part of the reality and let him live in the same world with us”. Her works do not carry stories, and even if they do, the stories do not have certain meanings. But the reality in her works seems to seize our consciousness.
Ito states, “I have been attracted by realism rather than imagination, and collage rather than simple realism.” By using different elements such as sculpture, installation, photography, as well as painting, Ito pursues her own reality.


This is the second exhibition of “TKG Projects”, which introduces emerging artists.
The theme for the exhibition is “The room of dreaming boy”. Ito creates a room of adolescent boy by the installation including paintings and sculptures. What is this boy thinking about?