Miho Sato: Freedom

Autumn 2020

image: Miho Sato 'Windy Day' acrylic on board, 62×55cm, 2019

(image: Miho Sato 'Windy Day' acrylic on board, 62×55cm, 2019)

Domo Baal is delighted to present Miho Sato's fourth solo exhibition in the gallery: Freedom. We plan to open in the Autumn at a date to be confirmed. Respecting the Covid–19 situation, there will be no private view as such, the artist will be present from noon until six for the first two days of the exhibition. Miho Sato last exhibited here ten years ago, and this exhibition marks twenty years and the 125th exhibition since the opening of the gallery.

What do you intend your work to convey to an audience?
Total freedom.

Why do you work in your chosen medium and format?
I work fast, because I cannot wait so acrylic and board suits me.

Technically speaking how do you go about constructing your work, that is the image or object itself? What devices do you employ?
I choose the image first – then I start drawing (like an editing, sometimes like a meditating way) – then I start painting on the dark board. To use the dark board at the beginning was technical reason but now it is getting something else.

Which period(s)/artists/specific works of art are you influenced by and how directly? How does this manifest in your work?
There are many periods and many artists I am influenced by and I am changing my mind all the time.

What stimulates/informs your work from the world around you?
Anything, like in everyday life you encounter little events.

What stimulates/informs your work from your own personal experience?
I prefer not to tell.

From where do you derive your other visual source material (i.e. non art historical) and how do you implement this material within your work?
I collect the images everywhere.

What are the main problems that you face in making your work?
There are little problems all the time, that turn into nice things. so maybe I do not have a main problem?

Where do you intend to take your work from here?

The text above is an extract from an interview for 'The Future Can Wait' in October 2007. Miho Sato's previous solo exhibitions in the gallery were 'Amnesia' in 2005 (accompanied by a text, Ruination' by Jonathan Miles), 'Miho Sato' in 2007 (accompanied by a text by Rebecca Geldard) and 'Planet Arbent' in 2010 (accompanied by a short story by Iphgenia Baal).

A selection of texts, reviews and links to previous exhibitions and publications are below: