Mihoko Ogaki is an artist from Japan’s western prefecture of Toyama. He has created a series of installations entitled Milky Way. In these works she explores ideas of life and death, birth and rebirth, growth and decay. The centerpiece of the room is a fibre-reinforced plastic sculpture of a dead or dying human form. These figures are embedded with LED lights, that when the room goes dark, project thousands of ‘stars’ onto the surrounding space.
The emanating light that comes from these frail, withered forms conjures questions of morality and spirituality within the viewer. Ogaki’s beautiful sculptural installations capture what truly gives us life: the inspiration we amass within ourselves, in other words, our emotional life. German art critic, Constanze Friederike Rabanus, says “The artist tries to turn her inner self outwards in order to uncover emotions. Her sculptures communicate this state by the use of light and light reflecting materials.”
The installations are currently on exhibition at Mori Yu Gallery in Tokyo.