Emoji-Shadow-Series: Palma Luna Cor Diabolus
Sarah Ortmeyer
Artist Statement
My artistic practice is based on the Japanese brushstroke. I’m highly fascinated by Japanese-born emoticons. They became the main subject of my work and the start for my EMOJI-SHADOW-SERIES.The works I’m submitting – PALMA LUNA OVUM COR DIABOLUS are animated shadow paintings of: emoticon palm trees, moons, devils, eggs and hearts. Animations and gifs are interwoven with Japanese culture. Emoticons are made in Japan. It would be an honor to bring their highly international non-verbal shadow-works to Tokyo. The works can be shown physically as rotating discs. Or digital as animations.
How I understand Japan at present and how can I experience Japan from afar: Emoticons and Kaomojis are a brilliant way to communicate in a Japanese style from afar while building a digital highway across the ocean. Kaomoji (顔文字) is a popular Japanese emoticon style made up of Japanese characters and grammar punctuations, and is used to express emotion in texting and cyber communication. The word Kaomoji is also synonymous with Japanese emoticons. In Japan emoticons are popular as nowhere else in the world. My work relates deeply to the practice “How I imagine Japan in the future” and my vision for Japan going forward: Japanese often believe that eyes are the mirror of a human soul. Therefore, unlike Western emoticons where most attention is paid to the mouth, in Japanese emoticons the most important part are the eyes. In addition, emoticons are so popular because you don’t have to read them sideways. As shown in my work, this fact can be seen as an incredible bridge between Japan and the West. I'm appreciative of the new time and freedom to question and REDRAW (!) the way of creating and experiencing art internationally in an unpredictable era.
Artist Bio
Sarah Ortmeyer (b.1980) is a graduate of Universität für Angewandte Kunst. Selected shows include: Kunstverein München (Munich); Belvedere21 (Vienna); Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw); Palais de Tokyo (Paris); MAK Center (Los Angeles); KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); Wittgenstein House (Vienna); Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam); Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt); MoMA PS1 (New York); Tel Aviv Museum (Tel Aviv), Monnaie de Paris (Paris), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin) and Swiss Institute (New York) – and never in Japan :)). Her work has been featured in Artforum, Frieze Magazine, Kunstforum International,The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among others.