Emmanuelle Moureaux’s exploration with colour began in 1995 – during my first visit to Tokyo. She was deeply intrigued by the city; it was formed by infinite layers and living colours. In response to the experience, she came up with a design concept, “shikiri”, which means “to divide space using colours.” Using them as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces – Moureaux applies them not as a finishing touch, but part of the surfaces. To express the essence of “shikiri”, I began the 100 colors installation series in 2013, using 100 shades of colours each time. Using 18,000 cut-outs of repeated figures, she gives a sense of anonymity. The overflowing effects of I am here offer up not just a bright installation but also one stratified by the different feelings evoked by association.
I am here has won the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize People’s Choice Award. Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions. The People’s Choice Award pulls together votes from the general public, accrued during the expanse of the exhibition at York Art Gallery from 26 May to 10 September 2017.
To see Moureaux’s Artist Profile: www.aestheticamagazine.com
1. Emmanuelle Moureaux, I am here.