Melancholic and absurd characters stare at us; uncomfortable with their own form they shift in matter, fluctuating between inertia and anxious life, between love and violence. Do they seek our attention, or do they even realise we are watching? Consumed by their own futility they engage in obscure activities, reminiscent of occult practices, which seem to be without purpose and even self-destructive.
Chie Hosaka’s works, spanning drawing, print making, installation, ceramics and animation, present us with an uncomfortable vision of our own lives, in which notions of beginning and ending are entwined with one another, with birth signalling death, and happiness only existing as a provisional, fleeting respite. Rich in the psychological symbolism of dreams, Hosaka has a thoughtful and reflexive practice, in which her characters, though sometimes alien in appearance, are recognisable representations of undesirable human behaviour, and of our own repressed compulsions and desires. Replacing hope in Hosaka’s universe is an implicit affinity with nature, and the suggestion that once mankind has all but destroyed itself, the world will find some kind of new order.
In spite of the deeply personal nature of her work, above all else, Chie Hosaka’s works are enjoyable for their inventiveness and imagination, and often find ways to bring humour and levity to moments of sadness, so that a poignant beauty is found, a kind of tragic comedy.