Tokyo Midtown

dyeing 500

dyeing red #1
photo:Taihei Soejima

May 27 (Sat), 10:00 – 28 (Sun), 18:00
Tokyo Midtown Galleria 1st Floor
[Participation fee]
The dung of scale insects and silkworms is collected in mass, then water is sprinkled on them to dye silk with the pigment that flows out. Bugs, dung, and silk are all born from life. These materials are actually used in food and clothing as coloring agents and dyes, and are also the origin of colors that secretly blend into our lives. In combination with superimposing the image of the work on the fountain flowing from the ceiling in Tokyo Midtown, the act of extracting color from life traces back to “nature” and the “origins of color” that we are often unaware of in urban life.



Ihara was born in Osaka in 1988 and graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts with a degree in sculpture in 2013. Focusing on the byproducts and habits of organisms, he creates works that stand on their own as sculptures made by living creatures. In this exhibition, he will show a work in which he uses silkworms and silkworm droppings as coloring agents to dye silk, and a work in which he transforms insect-eaten books into freestanding sculptures. By daring to look at the traces of living creatures and their behaviors, the artist reexamines ecosystems and their cycles.