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Mayumi Enoki

An exhibition of contemporary ink painting, printing and installation

5th February March 31st 2019

open 10-5pm Monday-Friday

also by contacting 004420 7403 1353


57A Lant Street, London, SE1 1QN


As for g, and

Rendering gravity.

People do not usually feel the weight of air.

Imagine that the weight exists.

Ink that does not move anymore.

Steady ink.

Moving ink is on paper. The oil does not dry as it is fluid Ink.

A painting mixes with oil. The flow of paint is speed the

appearance of velocity.

Michael Jackson's dance.

A soccer player who nobody can touch.

Babies lay down in gravity.

Eventually, they will learn how to resist.

Aged people even lie no longer resist gravity.

Beyond gravity, without recognizing it.

Then you can see gravity as rendering.

©︎ Mayumi Enoki 2019


Mayumi Enoki was born in Hiroshima in 1960 and lives and works in Okayama

City, Japan.

A way of stacking or layering paper forms the starting point of Enoki’s work,

creating images of a residue which are hand-printed on Japanese paper or

Chinese paper and then mostly worked into with pencil, watercolour and

Japanese Sumi-ink and oil.

The idea of our stacked everyday life and a piling sense of impermanence within

our nature leads to Enoki’s pieces. She realises that stacking or layering paper

leaves spaces between every sheet, which takes on a broader meaning as a gap,

an in-between. It produces various relationships and has remained as a particle

of the universe.

All things have both a front and a back, switching shifts and overturn, visible and

invisible, and positive and negative. Life and death always exist right beside us.

We always live in the in-between of the world, therefore, which remind us of

phenomenal feelings such as the transience of life and a sense of wistfulness. In

Enoki’s conception, the world consists of such noticed residues between stacks.

Enoki has focused on gravity as a visual vocabulary in her latest artworks. "We

live in two worlds: reality and virtual on the earth. I think the rules of Physics

and its image are the starting point of our creativity," she says. "When I make

Monotype-printmaking onto a paper by my hands, pushing towards the ground

equals the ground pushing back to me. It abides by the action-reaction law.

When I paint with oil on paper, fluid oil flows to show velocity and acceleration.

It works with gravity rather than against it. All artists use the laws of Physics for

making their art. The creative rendering process therefore leads to a lot of

variety from their original methods."