Mayumi Terada was born in Japan and lives in New York.
Terada originally trained as a sculptor and her photographs are not what they seem. Her subjects are familiar yet wholly artificial environments and objects.
These seemingly simple domestic spaces and intimate landscapes are a miniature world fashioned out of balsa wood and Styrofoam, clay and fabric, and then photographed using strikingly atmospheric lighting. As Terada has explained, these 'dollhouses' resonate with memories:
'I began to make many different kinds of objects for the house - stairs, windows, and curtains - that was how the Dollhouse series came about. The series is mainly based on my memories, which I wanted to share with the audience. I deliberately chose a minimal design, which made the images more universal, regardless of individual tastes in home furnishing... Ultimately everything is painted white. The images are all shot with natural light... I do not use a computer at all.... coming from sculpture and handling plaster, black and white is an obvious choice for me'.
M.F.A Tsukuba University
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Mayumi Terada: Invisible Boundary, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
New Works, Base Gallery, Tokyo
in the bright room vol.3, Gallery Out of Place, Nara
Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Monologue of Light, Takashimaya Art Gallery X, Tokyo
in the bright room vol.2, Gallery Out of Place, Nara
In the Bright Room, White Room Gallery, West Hollywood
New Works. Base Gallery, Tokyo
In the bright room vol.1. Gallery Out of Place, Nara
Base Gallery, Tokyo (dollhouse series)
New works photographs and construction White Box, the Annex, New York (dollhouse series)
Love affair, Gallery Saatchi & Saatchi, Tokyo (dollhouse series)
Gallery K2, Tokyo (underwear series)
Art Landscape, Heartland Gallery, Tokyo (underwear series)
Gallery Natsuka, Tokyo (underwear series)
Studio of Tsukuba University (Mr. Johns)
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Geometry As Image, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Making a Home, Japan Society, New York
Surrounding Matta-Clark, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporanea, Lisbon
Two persons show, Asian America Art Center, New York
Black and Blue, Robert Miller Gallery
Almost, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Made in Woodstock II, The Center for Photography Woodstock
AIM 23, The Bronx Art Museum of the Arts
20 Century - Art Recognized Virtual Image - Between Monnalisa and Mammon, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art
New Work Selection by Leah Koransky, Center for Photography Woodstock
In Search of Form - Japanese Eleven Artists, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, South Korea
When the Body Becomes Art: The Organs and Body as Object, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo
Contemporary Sculpture - Art in Nerima '91, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo
Japanese Artists in New York, Hosomi Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary Art in Japan: The Collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Icons in Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
The 67th Sogetsu Exhibition, Gallery of Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo (awarded The Young Master Prize)
The 16th Tokyo Biannual Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
Hanging Art Exhibition, Tsukashin Hall, Hyogo / Seibu Art Museum, Tokyo
The 17th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, (awarded the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Prize)
Goodman, Jonathan. Focus-Suspending Belief. Contemporary No. 49.
In the Bright Room, monograph, Tokyo: Kyuryduo Art Publishing Co., Ltd.
Morgan, Robert C. Concept by Hand. Team celeste, no. 89. January-February
Morgan, Robert C. Reviews New York: Mayumi Terada. Annex by Art Press, no. 283, October
Nagoya, Satoru. Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition in Busan, Korea. The Mainichi Shinbun News Paper, January 9
Photography Quarerly No. 84 Auction Catalog. Woodsctock: The Center for Photography at Woodstock.
Mayumi Terada Exhibition by Takao Nakamura. Tenpyo Art Exhibition Contemporary issue, Summer no. 8.
Nagoya, Satoru. Review Tokyo: Mayumi Terada, Saatchi & Saatchi. Flash Art International, no. 219, July-Sept.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
The Center for Photography at Woodstock
IVAM, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern
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