AKI INOMATA


girl, girl, girl . . .
2012 Bagworms, fabric HD video(5min. 39sec. / 9:16) Photos (fresco giclée; 77 cm x 77cm x 3, 14.5 x 14.5 cm double-sided x 10)

This is a series of works based on the experiment of taking scraps of material from women’s clothing and giving them to bagworms to use for making their protective cases. Male bagworms leave their protective cases when they become adults, turning into moths. However female bagworms remain in their protective cases for their whole lives, waiting for the male bagworms. The gender issue is meant to have changed in our generation, so I wonder why women still make much more effort than men concerning their appearance. Cutting pieces of colored paper into fine strips and giving them to bagworms to use for making their protective cases is a traditional pastime that Japanese children have enjoyed over the years.

人間の女の子の洋服をミノムシに纏わせたシリーズ。様々な女性服のコーディネートから、その洋服の一部を切り取り、ミノムシに与えると、ミノムシは自らのミノをつくりあげる。 ミノムシのオスは成長すると、ミノを出てガとして飛び立って行くが、ミノムシのメスは一生をミノの中で過ごし、オスの飛来を待ち続ける。この習性に、自身の体験が重なるように思えた。現代の日本において、男女の力学は変化しているはずだが、それでも女性の方がよりオシャレをするのは何故か。 細く切った色紙などをミノムシに与えてミノを作らせる、日本に古くからある子供の遊びを元にしている。

digest movie of the work "girl, girl, girl . . . "