I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one's burden again.... One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus
"I became an artist and have been making art for 4 decades. I didn't think art would be my calling when I was growing up. Countless seemingly insignificant yet sincere decisions made me who I am now. It was not an easy process, but I am happy that I did what I wanted without compromise at the core.
For this exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center, I selected 23 works created between 1976-Present. I titled the exhibition Hi-Point Contact.
“Hi-Point Contact” is an engineering term describing a momentary touching of two elements. I expanded it’s meaning and made a series of works under this title in the 1990’s. It was a section of my on-going questions about human existence in the larger context of the universe. I have been examining the human condition from different angles, from inside and from outside. The appearance of my work has been changing based on the particular focus, but my basic concerns have been consistent, always personal and humanistic.
In these compositions, using a fictional and symbolic space, in which I condense experienced and imagined multi-layered events, I am examining the connections between the body and the cosmos, flesh and technology, person and person, Individual and State, group and group, nation and nation, desire and choice, taboo and obsession, and so on. “Hi-Point Contact” is my fiction writing: incomplete, fragmented and under inquiry."
Michiko Itatani 2016