The interplay of fragmentation and intensity are at the centre of Fujii-Pratt’s painting
For Fujii-Pratt, the process of painting is poetic story-making as well as ‘wondering
around‘. The viewer is invited to enter - almost physically - into the work to explore
the intricate and evocative layers of shapes, tones and colours and to make their
own discoveries. Fujii-Pratt's intention is to evoke primitive memories which have
always been somewhere in the mind, or to trigger some kind of nostalgia.
The intensity of Fujii-Pratt’s work quietly seeps out with an intimacy that shifts
and grows with each viewing. There is a complexity with which Fujii-Pratt layers
and builds up the world she paints. Marks of memories and the constant search for
shapes, tones and touches reflect her observations of the space ‘in between’ and
her capacity to absorb things as they are. Her works evoke a sense of calm repose
while at the same time shimmering with primitive chaos.
Mari Fujii-Pratt was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1974. Fujii-Pratt works predominantly
in the medium of painting, but includes cutting paper work installations and her
hand sewn books. Her last solo show in Japan was “Thirty six days” at Macka, Tokyo
in 2001. She moved to the UK in 2001 and lived in the North West of England until
2004, her first solo show in the UK being at Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
2004. Her works were selected for Parker Harris’ Hunting Art Prize Exhibition in
2003 and 2005 and exhibited in the Royal College of Art in London. Her latest solo
show was “Wondering around” at Praxis N16 Gallery, London 2011. She has been living
and working in London since 2005.