The textile objects and installations by Aiko Tezuka deal with the history of textiles and contemporary discussions. Thus Aiko buys old fabrics, often in flea markets, but also clothing at huge chains of retail stores and takes them into pieces. In recent works, the artist weaves traditional ornaments with everyday symbols and shows by dissection of individual fabric components the quality, tradition, history and the system behind far too familiar seeming objects.
The central part of the artwork shows the amalgamation of two pieces of ready-made fabric. It has been carefully handwoven with the warp threads extracted from the two kinds of ready-made fabric. In the 19th century, the rapid modernisation took place in Japan after the country broke out of the relative isolation and began trading with European countries that were far more advanced in terms of science and technology. The admiration for the advanced Western science soon resulted in the rejection of its own culture in Japan. The radical transformation had a profound impact in a way that Japanese people have been scarred with a sense of inferiority ever since. Simultaneously, the majority of cultural heritage prior to the modernisation was long forgotten due to the proliferation of the Western imports. It can be said, therefore, that Japan does not have the foundation for contemporary art because what the word “art” encompasses in the context of contemporary art is fundamentally the derivative of the Western culture. Accepting the rupture of the cultural lineage, I decided to embrace the cultural hybridisation between the West and the East in order to create something new, upon that which is neither original nor firmly fixed.
Photos: Ole Akhoej