Kawauchi’s work has always been characterized by its distinct coloring imbued with soft lighting, and she has continually captured the mystery, splendor, transience, and power possessed by people, animals, and all forms of life. Her eye wanders equally across the full spectrum of potential subject matter, from familiar scenes of family, plants, and animals to majestic natural landscapes with volcanoes and icebergs. The great appeal of Kawauchi’s artistic world lies in how the ephemeral, unpretentious things of everyday life are connected by a distinctive sensibility to the works of the earth formed over long periods of time and how they shine with the same splendor.
Interspersed with works from series the artist has shown before, this exhibition also presents her new series “M/E,” the theme of which is humankind’s connection with Mother Earth and features images shot in Iceland, alongside a new body of work focusing on everyday life during the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition presents an opportunity to reconsider human activity and our relationship with nature.