Sayako Sugawara (Born Milan, Italy) is a London based Japanese artist working with photography, moving image and installation.
Using various photographic processes and the cognitive associations that occur in the physical aspect of creative development, her work explores notions of memory and imagination, analysis and poetics, stillness and movement. The tactile aspect of the working process is essential in her practice.
Working between analogue and digital process’s Sugawara’s work pushes gently at the edges of what we expect from the medium. Constantly experimenting with process and subject matter but always resulting in the same flair and tranquility that has become her calling card.
Sugawara has work in collections such as Studiensammlung des Bistums Augsburg, DE, and private collections in BE, DE, JP, NL, U.K, U.S.A.
The Little Palms and Big Flowers series
by Sayako Sugawara
The series represents observations of the everyday on my windowsill during lockdown.
Spending a long period of time at home during the Covid-19 lockdown, my attention gradually shifted to my immediate surroundings and the simple rhythm of life.
Contrary to the endless sad news as the pandemic progressed, the almost eerie peacefulness of the sunlight coming through my window was so seductive and immersive that I couldn’t help but to tune in to the light show that was going on in my room. This would begin from a particular time every day, transforming the commonplace into the unfamiliar. What followed was the simple activity of capturing and playing with the shadows cast by the once familiar objects.
Soon the process of capturing the light, the cognitive associations and the resulting images generated became a means for imaginary journeys, to timeless places near and far where the little palms and big flowers of the imagination thrive.