Asae Soya obtained a doctorate in fine arts from the Tokyo University of the Arts. She works in interdisciplinary fields, such as painting, installation and video installation. Asae’s works are all filled with vibrant colors and light, while also possessing a dynamic sensation and subtlety that can awaken not only viewers’ visual senses but also their physical sensations. In 2001, she won the Grand Prize in the SHELL ART AWARD, and in 2002, the VOCA Prize in Vision of Contemporary Art. In 2013, she won the Culture and Art Incentive Award in the Yokohama Culture Award, and also the Future Prize in the Kanagawa Cultural Award. She was resident at ISCP in NYC in 2014 as a foreign trainee through the Japan’s Cultural Affairs Agency. She currently works in Japan and abroad.
I create paintings and installations based on themes of light, color, and physical sensations. My paintings include series such as “Bathtub,” in which I painted a bathtub full of light as a setting to face my own five senses, and “The Light,” in which I depicted the way sunlight pouring through a window changes over time. My installations include “Ringing,” in which I placed parts made with film and other materials around the space to express the scene of colors producing sound and spreading out like ripples that I personally feel when sensing color, and “Sora,” in which I expressed creative energy by projecting an original animation to create a forest of color. These pieces have the inseparable relationship between paintings that are snippets of everyday life, and installations that express what happens inside people when they experience everyday life. I want to create pieces that use various methods of expression to explore human awareness and creative pursuits from multiple angles, and that awaken the rich sensual world innate to us as humans.