Vol. 1 - Prosperity in spring at 'Dream Land'
Obviously influenced by the surreal, the comic, the contradictory and the nonsensical, as well as by European modernist and fairy-tale graphic traditions, Sato creates meticulously detailed fantasy realms. Born in Gunma Prefecture and educated at Musashino Art University, Sato now resides in Tokyo which is the inspiration for her images. She wants to express the contemporary Tokyo she lives in - the 'Dream Land' is an island made of garbage thrown out by Tokyo citizens.
She has modelled her format on the polychrome triptychs of the traditional 'ukiyo-e' school of the late Edo-early Meiji periods (eighteenth-nineteenth centuries). Sato is translating into modern relevance the topical journalistic narrative of such triptychs as well as their playfulness and wit. Even her title mimics the jokiness and allusiveness of contemporary 'ukiyo-e' prints which in their turn used Japan's classical past as a vehicle for their humour.
The architecture of Oykot is as fantastic as some of the escapist architecture of coffee shops and pubs around Tokyo. Recalling Western artists as diverse as Escher, Goya and Brueghel, the images are a divertingly eclectic mix: a people-eating machine, a dragon wearing a walkman, fairy-tale individuals busy with their business as the sun sets on the empire. This is a sardonic assessment of urban life in Japan.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 88.
OYKOT Meisho e-tsukushi: sono-ichi - Yumeno-shima haru no nigiwai
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
etching and aquatint
44.0 x 102.0 cm image; 58.0 x 109.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Keiko Sâteau". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 84 (colour illus.), 88. cat. no. 52