Artist Interview: Mizuki Inoue

Please introduce yourself and your work style.

My name is Mizuki Inoue. I was born in Kumamoto Prefecture and now I am an artist based in Tokyo.My work is mainly painting. I am thinking about how society views the neglected or too obvious “individual”. My work is not about resisting loud voices, but about the voices of the few that are not ignored.

What are the sources of inspiration for your work?

The inspirations of my works are from frustrations in my daily life, small feelings of discomfort or petty anger. I record them by drawing so that they won’t disappear.

I’ve been around people with disabilities and minorities, and my hometown was hit by the earthquake, so I am interested in people who are marginalized by society, social norms, the structure of discrimination, and so on, and that is why I create my works.

What do you want to convey through your work?

Rather than thinking about what I want to convey, I hope to convey whatever I am thinking.

People who are invisible in society, people who are discriminated against, and conversely, people who are too visible, why they are the way they are, and what process they went through to become that way, I think it is important to think about them.

I’ve been thinking about these things a lot in my work, so I hope I can convey some of these things.

As an artist, what is the most difficult thing you are facing?

I’m happy that my work has been sold, but I don’t really want to give it away on the other hand.

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

The major theme of my work has remained the same, and for this time, I think it’s more like a question. It’s a direct portrayal of attitudes toward people who are marginalized. I was conscious of the structure that drives those people away. It’s not a specific motif, but it’s a question for the viewer and also for myself.