About Hiromi Owen

 

My project is a one year self-documentary project. I take photographs of my view and my face every one hour and record the sound around me whenever I am awake. This project is called "In And Out": it shows side by side photographs looking in at my face and out from my face. My work is about tracing and documenting my life pattern. I am the model of my work and I am the artist for my model.


The idea came from my experience. I grew up in Hokkaido, the far north of Japan. Because of my father’s job, my family moved every two to three years in Hokkaido and I changed my schools and friends every time we moved. I moved to Tokyo to study law at university and stayed there for ten years. I married with British husband and moved New York briefly. Finally, I moved to London and settled. My background is a little bit unique from a typical Japanese woman and I am adapting to the western life style. Now I have lived in London almost ten years and I have started a montage of my life and my habits. Living across so many communities, these projects are a way of testing and establishing identity.


I try to live as normally as possible during this project. Because I want to focus on a woman’s everyday life. But this project interrupt my life greatly. Every hour, I have to stop what I am doing, look for my camera and take photographs and a sound sample. I take a hundred photographs per day and I arrange them. This project require that I sit in front of a computer a long time. Because of the quantity of photographs, I have acquire strong technical computer knowledge. Also, I involve many people as well. My husband, my friends, and unknown people. When I take a photo of my view, some people noticed of my action and became tense, but then become relaxed again when I take a photo myself. I do not like to disturb people, but I need the result.



Gallery:


DegreeArt.com

http://www.degreeart.com/newsite/artist_profile.php?id=234


Project:


1st May 2006 - 30th April 2007


“365 Days” - Every one hour of my view. 1,312.8 cm X 64.6 cm C Type Print, mounted on form board

“Myself” - Every one hour of my face. 1,312.8 cm X 64.6 cm C Type Print, mounted on form board

“The Sound” - Every one hour of sound around me. Music CD (working process)

“You Are What You Eat” - Food and drink. DVD Digital slide show 5,141 images 10 minutes 23 seconds.

“Consumption” - 1,099 images of my shopping items and consumption. 300 cm X 87 cm.C Type Print, mounted on form board .


1st Aug. 2006 - 31st July 2007


“Out” - DVD Digital slide show 325 images of all deferent toilets I used in a year. 43 Sec.


New Project


1st Jan. 2008 - 31st Dec. 2008 (All work in progress)


“366 Days in 2008” - 1,316.4cm X 64.6cm C Type Print, mounted on form board

“Myself in 2008” - 1,316.4cm X 64.6cm C Type Print, mounted on form board

“The Sound in 2008” - Music CD

“You Are What You Eat in 2008” - DVD Digital slide show

“Consumption in 2008” - C Type Print

“Out in 2008” - DVD Digital slide show

“Jo” - Jo Owen’s face every one hour. He is my husband.

“You are What You Eat - Jo’s case” DVD Digital slide show


Education:


B.A.  2007 Fine Art  Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

B.A.  1990 Law        Dokkyo University


Bibliography:


Hiromi Owen was born in 1968, Hokkaido, Japan. She has been a UK permanent resident since 1996. She is qualified as a qualified teacher at Sogetsu Ikebana School (Japanese Flower Arrangement School).


Group Exhibition:


Oct  2009  “The London Group Open Exhibition 2009” Menier Gallery

Oct  2009  “Metamerism” EASTGALLERY

Nov 2007  “Metamorphose” Islington Art Factory

May 2002  “Inspired by the V&A Collections” Victoria & Albert Museum







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