Kanako Hayashi, ‘Water Dance’, 2016, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

Kanako Hayashi employs her body in her work and often interposes herself in public spaces. Adapting bodily movements from her early years as a synchronized swimmer, she explores the language of underwater choreography and develops physical gestures within restricted environments. Hayashi spent two years in New York, the first on a 2014 grant from the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), then as artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn-based Residence Unlimited in 2015. During her stay, she developed her interests and took classes with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. This experience radically changed her approach to performing and her artistic practice. She recently has started creating drawings as static blueprints of her movements and performative practices.

Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 8 5/8 each. Framed.

Signature: Signed.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist