Eri MORIMOTO ”contour map# -from the beginning-“

Eri MORIMOTO ”contour map# -from the beginning-“

Fri. May 3, 2024 - Sat. Jun 1, 2024


Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is pleased to present “contour map#”, a solo exhibition by Eri Morimoto. Eri Morimoto was born in 1978 in Osaka and still works in the same prefecture.

She graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Faculty of Arts, Department of Oil Painting in 2001, and received the Mayor’s Prize at Kyo-ten (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art) in the same year. In 2003, Morimoto completed the graduate program of Kyoto City University of Arts with a major in oil painting and was selected for the “VOCA 2008” competition, a stepping stone to success for young artists. She has attracted attention from her early career and has been highly acclaimed by collectors in Japan and abroad in recent years.


This exhibition features Morimoto’s representative works, the contour map series, from her early paintings to her latest creations. “Contour map” means a line connecting points at the same elevation on a map, and broadly speaking, it is also a contour line.

Morimoto classifies the boundaries in physical, emotional, and everyday things with the view of a “Contour map,” and draws her own maps by looking into the world from the process of her artmaking.

One of Morimoto’s early representative works is the “percolation” series, in which a single flat sheet of paper is cut at a fixed spacing into minute granular pieces with a strictly defined number of cuts by scissors. It is not a random process, but a sophisticated technique carefully calculated and executed. Rather than representing “something,” these works are created from the pursuit of the ultimate in personal comfort, which is then released into the outside world. In recent years, Morimoto has sharpened her five senses and concentrated on her own perceptions, producing works based on certain rules found in this process.


Morimoto follows her own rules to subdivide the sensations of humidity, the smell of a place, or the pleasure of the eye from sight when confronted with beautiful plants or landscapes. After that, Morimoto just works mindlessly: this is what she calls “labor.” In this age when we tend to lose sight of our richness in sensory functions because of technological development, Morimoto’s artworks will bring awareness to our inherent human senses, such as smell and touch.

We hope you will visit and enjoy her work.