• 【Interview】COPIC AWARD 2022 Judges : Eriko Kimura

【Interview】COPIC AWARD 2022 Judges : Eriko Kimura


For our 4th interview, we talked with Eriko Kimura, who is active as a curator.Mr. Kimura has been involved in exhibitions in Japan and overseas, 
including at the Yokohama Museum of Art, and has come across numerous artworks from a global perspective. We asked her about the type of artwork she is hoping to see at COPIC AWARD 2022.


Kimura has been a Curator at Yokohama Museum of Art since 2000 and worked as curatorial head for Yokohama Triennale 2020. Research interest areas include contemporary art, sculpture, photography and video art, experimental art, performance, and contemporary cultural theory.
Recent curated exhibitions include "HANRAN: 20th-Century Japanese Photography" held at the National Gallery of Canada in 2019.

ーAre there any entries from COPIC AWARD 2021 that you particularly liked?



ーWhen you look at an artwork, which aspects do you pay attention to? Also, what kind of entries do you expectto see at COPIC AWARD 2022?

Due to the nature of my work as a curator, I focus on what the artist wants to tell and whether it is expressed in the most proper way.
The material used, size, style, finish, how and where the work is presented, and type of audience -When these factors perfectly fit together like a puzzle, the artwork could move people.And above all, people get excited when they discover something new that doesn't feel like deja vu. So, I hope I will come across artworks that utilize the characteristics of Copic and will give me a sense of something new that I have never seen before.

ーPlease tell us about your first encounter with Copic. Or do you have any special Copic memories?

I'm not an artist myself, nor am I in a position where I create things, so I do not use Copic markers myself, but when I visit the studios of artists and designers for work, I almost always see Copic markers there.
When I'm in a meeting with them and see new ideas quickly drawn out with Copic markers, I get thrilled with joy as I witness the moment of creation.

ーCould you please tell us about your enthusiasm as a judge for COPIC AWARD 2022 and your message to everyone thinking about submitting a piece for the AWARD?

As it is a competition that attracts entries from various types of creators from around the world every year, I hope the competition receives a wide variety of art pieces that don't fit into any genre or trend.
I look forward to seeing many works that pursue the individuality of the artist.

Thank you for your message, Ms. Kimura!




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