Artist Mari Doigawa

In Japan I have met many interesting artists and one whose work I really appreciate is Mari Doigawa.

She is interested in the character of the fine line. Intricate drawings with fine lines and shapes woven and laced through each other. Mostly she uses images that are organic with fauna and flora textures.

She was born in the 70’s in Sapporo, Hokkaido which is the coldest part of Japan with severe winters. Spending a lot of time indoors she use these moments for drawing and since the sun rises early in this part of the world she usually starts her day around 5 am drawing.

The energy and patience that is poured into these drawings pulls the observer into the details. But the most fascinating part of her art is watching her work.  As an outsider the action of her drawing becomes like meditation.  Wrapped in a quite humble energy she can draw her lines for hours. She can cut out the whole world while engrossed in her drawings and you almost wish that you could be part of this world. She is like a lake full of life and the surface is silent with an occasional ripple when a breeze passes, while we are all left on the shore. In her artist presentation she speaks of her fascination with water and how she loves watching flowing water. A river for her is something that constantly moves and flows and yet at the same time a river is standing still. It is these subtle awareness that she successfully captures in her drawings.

It was so much fun working with an artist in an open studio that is the opposite than me. Where ever I am there is chaos and noise. There was one half wall that separated tranquility and turbulence.

Please visit her poetic blog (In Japanese) here.

Here is a short video of her working. When we have our Residency exhibition I would include more images of her work.

About Marais

Anja Marais is an artist with interdisciplinary projects consisting of sculpture, photography, installation and film that present the idea of the perpetual outlander. For more information visit
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