1989 Born in Saitama, Japan
2013 Graduated from Department of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2014–2015 Taller Rufino Tamayo Oaxaca, Mexico（Ishibashi Foundation International scholarship）
2016 Completed Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2016–2017 Instituto Artes Plásticas in Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico (Fellowship, Pola Art Foundation)
2019- Enrolled in Doctoral Course at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
The highlight of this exhibition is a mural installation comprised of 33 canvases measuring 75x75cm. The mural, approximately 3m high by 10m wide, is set in a fantastic forest inspired by the land of Mexico, where shapes of plants, creatures, and human beings intermingle.
Natural features and environment, that is, the theme of the relationship between nature and life, are something that Okada has pursued as the main interest. The title of the exhibition, "Dreaming in the soil (=Soñar dentro de la tierra)”, represents that the artist’s personal theme took a new turn through her stay in Mexico, where the rich culture nurtured from the prehistoric era still remains.
This exhibition focuses on installations of the latest 33 works produced in Mexico, along with other paintings and three-dimensional works.
After studying in Mexico and Guatemala, Okada began to draw while wandering back and forth between the culture and customs of the land she visited, extraordinary scenes, and indigenous myths and poems. Through the travels and life with thinking about all things in the universe, Okada is worried about modern society and questions how to face nature. Appreciating her colorful paintings and installations will evoke a primitive feeling that has been dormant in the viewer. Please enjoy the experience.