• Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    Conflagration, 2019
    Courtesy of the artist


As the title "Conflagration" suggests, the painted sceneries on the seven 15-meter-wide panels depict large explosions. Around the powerful eruptions and massive plumes of smoke, the artist scatters colorful arrays of twinkling rings and stars of light, while the zigzag lines in the backgrounds evoke electromagnetic waves, streaks of lightning, or further explosions that occur elsewhere.
A closer look at the painting style reveals that the works are not simply composed of different color planes, but the artist also employs such techniques as stippling and dripping, or incorporates pieces of glittering foil. Rather than depicting concrete events, the artists explains her painted explosions as being heavily influenced by anime programs she has been watching since she was a little girl, such as the "Gundam" and "Evangelion" series.
Fujiwara utilizes the painting format's own alluring qualities of coloration and composition to usher the super-real effects of explosions into the foregrounds of her works, whereas the process of spending time and effort to paint momentary occurrences results in unfathomable pictures that seem to capture events in which time and space are sublated.


  • Born 1994 in Aichi, Japan
  • Based in Aichi, Japan

Fujiwara Aoi began producing various paintings of explosions while studying in the UK, drawing from the visual effects used in Japanese anime such as the Gundam and the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. In one of her paintings, a massive streak of light, plumes of smoke, and a mushroom cloud emanate from an explosion, while a myriad of imagined creatures resembling alpacas are suspended in mid-air, as though erupting from the center of the blast. The motif of explosions stems from the anime programs the artist watched with her parents from a young age, and from the experience of her father and brother being affected by the Tohoku earthquake while she was in high school. Through her portrayal of this subject matter, she gives thought to the real disasters, conflicts, and social phenomena that affect our societies.

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Form (solo), Mitsubishi Ichigokan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Everyday Explosion (solo), gallery N, Aichi, Japan
2016 Pixel (solo), Phoenix Halls, Unversity of Brighton, Brighton, UK
2017 Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2017, Tokyo, Japan, Mitsubishi Estate Co.,Ltd. Prize


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