Masayoshi Nojo, born in 1989, completed his MA in Japanese Paintings in 2015.
He fuses contemporary visual languages with Japanese aesthetics to explore themes of memory and the passage of time.
During his studies, he became interested in collective memory. His exploration of time and memory is achieved using an innovative variety of mixed media and other techniques. He selects mixed media, including photography, to eliminate the arbitrariness of creation. He abstracts form and colors from photographs as the minimum constituent elements of image in memories.
By disassembling and reconstructing his photographs with metal foils, the photographs, affected by both light and space transform into forms of faint existence, abstracting the factuality of photography. With this unique process, he conjures a sense of deja-vu in the viewer, evoking their memories from deep within subconscious.
Mirage#53 Synthetic Paper, acrylic, silver foil, aluminum foil 110×160cm 2020
Mirage #18 cotton on panel, acrylic, silver foil, aluminum foil, 200×160cm 2019
Untitled cotton on panel, acrylic, silver foil, aluminum foil 110×73cm 2018