Artist Interview: Karu Miyoshi

Please introduce yourself and your work style.

Miyoshi Karyu, born in Osaka in 2001. Now based in Tokyo, Japan. Work in a variety of media including performance, fashion, sculpture, painting, and installation.

What are the sources of inspiration for your work?

​​My inspiration comes from the images I used to watch on Cartoon Network, and I grew up watching Ukiyoe prints, so I was influenced by the swelling of the hands, and I like to use exaggerated expressions.

What do you want to convey through your work?

I’m interested in the extension of the body, and when we walk or move our hands, we can move our hands with electrical signals from the brain through the nerves, like a third hand or a third ear. When I move the large feet of the work, we can move them by sharing communication, feeling, sight, and so on (have people perform together).

When the legs are moving, the work asks the question, “To what extent is this me? I’m always thinking about how much of myself is me and how much is not me when I create my works. I hope that people will see that I am thinking about this.

What would you like to tell people who are looking at your work?

My artwork is mainly large performances, so it would be great if people could get to know me through this online exhibition, and then actually come to Japan or invite me to where they are to see the performance in person.