Aiko Tezuka’s artistic work, which usually takes the form of objects and installations, is based on the deconstruction of everyday materials within the context of the history of painting. Starting out from a realization that the constructs and structures upon which things are based usually remain hiddenand what lies on top is always all that is visible to the observer, Tezuka undertakes to reveal concealed structures in time-consuming manual work – a process that the artist also sees metaphorically with respect to our understanding of the world. Thus, for example, Tezuka unravels and takes apart fabrics, revealing their material structures, transforming the opaque into something transparent, whereby she consciously avoids the cutting, sticking, adding and removal of material in order to retain an object’s continuity.Tezuka’s exhibition Ghost– Suspended Organs presents several of the artist’s new, large-format works. For these works, Tezuka processed a typical woven material found in the shops: thread by thread, she drew the weft or warp threads,or threads of a specific colour from the meter-long lengths of cloth until they formed a heap on the floor; in one of the works shown, she then created a new piece with the aid of those single threads on an embroidery frame stretched with transparent fabric.In turn, this fetched the innermost onto the outside: realized in embroidery, it shows abstracted organs and circulatory systems of the human body, malformed or deformed by illness, which Tezuka had studied in the Museum of Medical History at the Charité. The artist’s prime interest lies with the process of de- and reconstruction, the breaking up of customary narrative structures, and the disclosure of things forgotten in order to find a new way of contemplating the subjective essence of time and the processes of transformation that start out from it.
Aiko Tezuka, born in Tokyo in 1976, lives and works in London and Berlin. She studied painting at Musashino Art University and Kyoto City University of Arts. Aiko Tezuka is currently receiving a grant from the JapanGovernment Overseas Study Programme and is a guest at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Info: www.aikotezuka.com