Eriko Kaniwa

"Absurdity is the child of order and chaos. It the evidence that something has been born. The abstract made manifest through me might be small bugs spit out by absurdity. Like bugs, there is a reason for absurdity's existence on this planet."

Nautilus Universe: Meets Branching - Digital media 100 x 100 cm

Eriko Kaniwa is a digital artist at Sensegraphia, Japan. Sensegraphia is a conceptual redefinition of photography, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express the sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of nature and that we are centrally involved in nature's - even the universe's - dynamics. 

Through digital fine art, Sensegraphia puts forward a philosophy and creative activities that reestablish the essential unity between people and nature, even within the context of today's highly advanced science and technology.

Kaniwa spent two years exploring the symbols of Japanese nature worship, after a period of TV program production and social venture innovation, which are exemplified in the so-called "eight million of gods" of Shinto. 

She reflected on how the ancient Japanese viewed their natural surroundings and symbolized it as an object of prayer. Traveling to over twenty locations throughout Japan, Eriko captured images of torii gates built in water, sacred wedded rocks, world heritage sites, and other spiritual landscapes. These images are collected, together with text, in her book "JOKEI - Symbols of Nature Worship, Sacred Places of Japan", which has won multiple international awards, as one of the best fine art photo books in the world. In addition to this book, her other works have received multiple international awards, including PX3, ND Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, IPA, Pollux Awards, and more.

Eriko also creates digitally enhanced abstract artwork based on her unique philosophy. Her work has been displayed at galleries in London and New York, as well as at the art fairs and international exhibitions such as Fotofever Paris and Barcelona Foto Biennale. She and her artworks have been featured in magazines such as British GQ online, London Life, Wired and more.

Aesthete: Tiger (From the series “ANIMALIA”) - Photography and digital media 70 x 62.6 cm
Aesthete: Zebra (From the series “ANIMALIA”) - Photography and digital media 70 x 62.6 cm
The Scenic Beauty: Sun (From the series "Spiritual Landscape of Japan”) Photography and digital media 150 x 47.5 cm
The Scenic Beauty: Moon (From the series "Spiritual Landscape of Japan”) - Photography and digital media 150 x 47.5 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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