Suspension, anticipation, apprehension, balance, potential, presence, combination, tension.
Any of these words may come to mind when first seeing the art of Atsuko Fujii. The piece featured here raises questions about the depicted scenario. Is this a moment of free-fall, frozen in time a fraction of second before a collision that will introduce sudden disorder? Or a gravity-defying arrangement showing the potential ingredients of a future combination?
Other examples layer these basic possibilities in a more complex arrangement of form and color, suggesting unexpected transformations.
The quality that I perceive Fujii’s work to capture most consistently is surface tension. A kind of edge-of-your-consciousness awareness of the potential of each moment, narrowing down to smaller and smaller slices of time and grasped via gently heightened senses. This can be cultivated in everyday life through Zen meditation and similar practices. Fujii takes this subliminal quality and brings it front and center.
Her exhibitions are frequently in the UK, so I’m enjoying what I can through her web site here. Should fate permit, I’ll welcome the opportunity to see them in person, full-size.