LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
Eriko Kaniwa is a photographic digital artist based in Tokyo, and the creator of Sensegraphia fine art.
Sensegraphia is a conceptual redefinition of photography, founded by her in 2014, in which the visual aesthetics of the photograph are used to develop and express the sense of nature that enables us to recognize that humans are a part of nature and that we are centrally involved in nature's dynamics.
Kaniwa spent two years exploring the symbols of Japanese nature worship, after the period of TV program production and the social ventured innovation, which are exemplified in the so-called "eight million of gods" of Shinto. She reflected on how the ancient Japanese viewed their natural surroundings and symbolized it as an object of prayer. Traveling to over twenty locations throughout Japan, she captured images of torii gates built in water, sacred wedded rocks, world heritage sites, and other spiritual landscapes. These images are collected, together with text, in her book "JOKEI - Symbols of Nature Worship, Sacred Places of Japan", which has won multiple international awards as the one of the best fine art photo books in the world.
As well as the conceptual photography, she creates digitally enhanced abstract artwork based on her unique philosophy. Her works were displayed at galleries in London and New York, as well as at the art fairs and international exhibitions such as Fotofever Paris and Barcelona Foto Biennale. Also her artwork has been seen in the major magazines such as British VOGUE, British GQ, HOUSE AND GARDEN, WIRED UK, also has been featured at collective art books such as 100 ARTISTS OF THE FUTURE, ART COLLECTORS CHOICE, OPENEYE, London Life magazine, NY-ART News, and many other online medias. Her works received multiple international awards, including IPA, PX3, ND Awards, Sony World Photography Awards and more.
This year recently, a collective artwork book of her works has been released in March 2020, published by "Atelier VGI" New York. The book has been awarded silver prize by PX3 / Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris. While embracing her great concern over the planet's ongoing sixth mass extinction, she is actively exploring whether it is possible to incorporate these issues into her creative concepts. Visit to sensegraphia.jp for more about the details of her.
WHO I AM
A photographic digital artist based in Tokyo, and the creator of Sensegraphia fine art.
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