photo: SAIKI Taku


ArtistMURAYAMA Ruriko
Material/ Techniquechemical dye, pure silk
Size/ DurationH860×W730cm
Copyright Notice© MURAYAMA Ruriko
Year of acquisition/ donation2006
DescriptionBorn in Akita, Japan in 1968. Lives and works there.

In the early 1990s, Murayama Ruriko relocated from Akita to Tokyo, where she studied batik on her own while working in stage design. From the late ’90s, Murayama began showing works created by cutting silk cloth dyed with chemical dyes into small pieces and painstakingly sewing them together. From the early 2000s, she embarked on the production of her “Collective Charms” series of objects covered lavishly with beads, pearls, artificial flowers, lace, and other materials obtained at handicraft shops. Her “Collective Charms” series works have gradually multiplied and mutated into bustiers, dresses, armshaped works and other variations closely fitting the form of the body.

Brightly dyed cloth fragments. Ar tificial flowers, beads, and spangles that she has amassed. Intuitively selecting each material for its color, shape, and texture, Murayama patiently assembles them, building them up to the point of excess. In size and density, "Untitled", created for a special exhibition at this museum in 2005, can be considered one of her major works. As she assembled her materials and enlarged and reproduced them – working without a design, relying on her own hands, eyes and feelings – the piece grew until it became a cloth square 8.6m high and 7.3m wide, whose color bits contain 80 to 90 colors of all hues. On entering the gallery, we encounter a towering square of cloth. One surface is a barrage of colors. The opposite surface is a looming mass of projecting threads and cloth ends. The work is at saturation point in size and color, and at critical point in color and matter. It overwhelms not only our visual comprehension but all our senses.