Kanako Sasaki, "Yellow leotard", 2003, C-print.

Kanako Sasaki, “Yellow leotard”, 2003, C-print.

Kanako Sasaki

My memories pop up and ebb constantly throughout my daily life. It is as if I am daydreaming. I use these random feelings in my work to help construct scenes which are based on daily life, yet have a surreal atmosphere. The distinction between the real and the imagined spaces where I live become lost to the viewer. The imaginative world, which I call Ukiyo, a traditional term from Japanese art and performance literally meaning “the floating world”, has been an especially important concept for me to remember as I try to survive in a different culture.

Born in Japan and currently studying at the Royal College of Art in London, Kanako Sasaki earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2004 and her BA in Journalism from Ithaca College in 2001. She was selected for PDN’s 2006 30 Photographers to Watch, was the winner of Magenta’s Emerging Photographers Book and Exhibition prize, and received of a 2004 Golden Light Award in Personal Documentary. Sasaki has been in exhibitions in Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Austria, and the United States at venues including the Raku Gallery at Kyoto Design and Art University, School of Visual Arts Gallery, and Photo Plus Expo PDN Exhibition at the Javits Center. Kanako has participated in artist residencies at the Ezoe Foundation in Japan, Bundeskanzleramt Kunst in Austria, and Light Work in Syracuse, NY.