Emiko Aida

Born in: Tokyo, Japan

Lives in: London, UK

Media: Painting, Mixed media, Printmaking

Describe your work in 3 words: Prayer at Gates

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Sinfonietta - Rising, Mixed media 120 x 160 x 5 cm

"So many fantastic inspirations come to me from Art, Nature, Spirituality and Science. I can see shapes in Music, rhythms in Nature, colours in Spirituality and vibration in Science. I am just trying to be a good receiver and explicate them into my art. Gautama Buddha, Nikola Tesla are my imaginary masters."

"Our consciences is like an artist, painting every phenomenon into being."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

What themes does your work involve?

There are current trends like New Age, the 5th Dimension, Light worker, Ascension, Quantum field and so on. My themes point to the higher consciousness, trying to make my work as a gate, a prayer’s gate on a way to understanding this consciousness. ‘Religious' work could be a negative word in contemporary art. Instead, ‘Spiritual’ work is now taken positively in art and society. I hope my work is contributing somehow to this positivity.

Describe your creative process.
Ideas come to me suddenly while taking a shower, looking at Instagram, walking home from my studio, sleeping in bed and so on. I draw these ideas in my small notebook. When the idea is repeating in my head many times, I will decide to make it into a tangible image. In most cases, I use images stored in my computer, which are photos of my ancestors and myself. I work on these images, reshaping and reconstructing them, through the mediums of Etching and Painting. The finished work is a point of no more adding and taking out.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Why do I make art? Because I need it to live. I am losing my self-esteem and even reason to live, if I am not able to produce art. As some saying, one can choose own partner, but job chooses one.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art, in my opinion, widens the space in one’s mind, virtually lifting one’s existence to a higher abstract dimension.
What is the role of the artist today?
Humanity is facing new changes and challenges in the contemporary world. Its cosmological scale is something we’ve never experienced before. Climate change, financial crisis, pandemics, etc. What can artists do to make a better world in these changing times? We are witnesses of this world having voices and tools to explain. We need to understand our inner Nature and relationship to this world. This is a deeper connection. Through this process, we can produce work in which the viewer can see their own world as well. In other words, artists can give people opportunities to see the true Nature of the Universe. I think this is a job for artists and I feel very thankful to be a part of this.

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