Mariko HORI





 _about the artist




Born in Hyogo, Japan. Based in Belgrade, Serbia.
“Information” Vo.

The works of Mariko Hori, consisting mainly of installations, are study of alternative way
of  architecture without  building,  through modest  but  characteristic way of  choice  of
materials and placing them intentionally.

Her interests have been in  ‘ atmosphere ’  and  ‘ Ma ’ ,  a Japanese word  which takes the
concept of negative space farther, to define a continuum which spans both space and time.  
For example ‘ the space -in between ’ or ‘pause in time’  might at first appear that there is
nothing between the structures, but  actually there is  ‘ Ma ’ ,  emptiness,  blank space  or
time exist. And the space and the time have a very slight difference.

She has been researching about  the way objects are being.  Particular attention is paid to
the space  between them  as each objects  carries with itself  many places  that each need
their space to unfold meaning. A particular ‘aura’ or ‘atmosphere’, that only things which
have existed for a long time have, is made by time, space in flow.
She describes this special atmosphere as ‘sense of existence’.

In spite of the fact  that she studied  architecture,  she stopped  liking drawing - up new
architectural plans as she felt that she will never be able to recreate this strong sense of
enduring existence that old things have.

And  hence,  in her practice,  she is trying to find the  possibilities  to  reproduce this
‘sense of existence’ ( something beyond conceptual meaning ).