Lisa Keiko Kirton


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Review by Roddy Phillip (critic): Inspiration for an artist can come form an infinite number of sources. I am used to seeing an artist’s personal experiences expressed through their work, but Lisa Keiko Kirton’s exhibition, ‘Soul Figures’ which opened yesterday at the Limousine Bull Artists’ collective in Aberdeen, must be one of most unusual. In the white space, black cloth figures of humans and animals hang suspended above a futon where two sleeping dolls await the visitor. The effect is charming, child-like yet vaguely sinister. The piece is inspired by Keiko’s experiences as a child, when she would sometimes become aware of looking down on her sleeping body. She had no sense that this was unusual and assumed her friends had similar experiences. The interesting piece is the result. Whether or not it leaves enough to your imagination is entirely up to you. Roddy Phillip

MiZU (Japanese word for water) - The objective of this work was to capture participants images or thoughts of MIzu - anything that came into their mind. Participants wrote or drew on postcards provided. After the event, about 600 postcards were sent by sea-mail to the community centre in Fukuoka Japan, where I had a similar exhibition. The post cards by being sent by sea-mail meant that they would have “touched” both the soil and oceans connecting Britain and Japan, which combined everyone’s ideas, was the purpose of this participatory work. It was held in Dundee and London, as a part of Japan-UK 150 event.

When I saw the excavated Mesolithic tools among the permanent collection at Burgh House Museum in Hampstead London, I realised that the Mesolithic period in Britain was the same time as the early Jomon period in Japan, and both peoples were hunters. That was fascinating to me. I was thus inspired to create a bridge between them in this series. The images are drawn with hand made charcoal sticks; plus cleaned, burnt then sieved soil from Akita-prefecture (one of Jomon excavated sites) in Japan and from the garden at the Burgh House Museum in Hampstead, Britain. Exhibited at the Burgh House Museum in 2014

"Trapped" series 8 mixed medium


I am interested in human behaviour, so often I even surprise myself at what I am doing and thinking of, which is not necessarily logical - but these thoughts come from within me- ( Yang Yin).

So I have been developing this theme with my participatory and conceptual art.

My participatory works have various endings; left in a field near the north sea, or burnt at the end of harvest in a field in Scotland, or buried in secret places in Japan: returning them to nature, of which we are part

I seek to listen to, and enable quiet voices - the forgotten artist in all of us.

I live in London now.


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