Hitomi Sato

About the artist

Born in 1989, Hitomi Sato, Tokyo-basedartist, explores the fields of immersive art, architecture and design, with different materials and forms used to create various effects, interactions and expressions of light. Her artistic practice focuses on spatial installation art and she has been actively working in the field of interior design and space design by utilizing her knowledge of architecture, as she majored in architecture at the Musashino Art University. She received the Asia design prize in 2019.

By using the combination of light particles and space, she plays with the everyday or high-tech materials or the organic elements of nature, the optic play of the rays of light (shimmering water or the komorebi – the light filtering through the tree leaves).

Her first artworks « Sense of Field », «Light of Temple» or « Heart Washing Room » are immersive installations involving the human body interacting with immaterial phenomenons and elements such as “shimmers” of light. Visual and poetic experience depending on the time and season, to enter Hitomi Sato’s world is to engage one’s sense of touch, smell, hearing, temporal. 

Weather Cube

In the future, we may not satisfy with high technology and function. Mental needs are more and more important in our life. Until now, we “read” weather information on newspaper, TV, PC and mobile phone.   It will be exciting to “feel” weather by our senses. So we think it may be interesting to make a glass cube, which can produce weather phenomenon like a snowball Weather Cube.

Weather Cube realistically and vividly shows current outside weather. It doesnʼt simplydisplay weather symbols, but use water expression to create a live weather scene by ultrasonic.   For example, peace means sunny, shower is rainy, wave symbolizes wind and steam stands for foggy. Itʼs really easy to understand weatherʼs detail such as intensity of rainfall and strength of wind. Most importantly, we donʼt only get information of weather, but also be able to “feel” weather at home. 

Sens of Field

When I see the “shimmer” of light, images of various natural lights come to my mind. For example, ripples on the surface of the water, sunlight through the leaves of trees, rays from a break in the clouds, and reflections on window glass. “Shimmer” of light makes me feel that it is natural light even if it is artificial. I would like to express the unity of “shimmer” and our body in this work. Your body is wrapped in the “shimmer” of light. There are countless transparent film hands out of walls on both sides. They are the lighting hair that covers a creature. The faint prominence is reflective and flashes.  The grassland of light gives a sense of touch. The reflective films with the small round shape put on the point, give a strange illusion at various angles and locations. The gold of the morning sun, the red of dusk, dark blue of the evening sky. Keep looking for a while, and the inner memories of our body are recalled. The feel of winds, clashing sounds, the smells of something. The inner world and the outer nature resonate with each other. It is not only a visual experience but also a sense of touch. You will get the total sensory experience, temporal, spatial, and metamorphose.

Hitomi Sato and the attraction of light

The Japanese emerging artist based in Tokyo has a notable background in architecture and design from her study at the Musashino Art University that impacted her aesthetic. Focused on the harmony of light, Hitomi Sato finds inspiration in the observation of the everyday unexpected beauty produced by organic elements coming together each other by sheer chance. The unveiling of rays of light touching asphalt or the interaction between the natural laws of the weather and high-tech are all examples of the optic play she integrates in her immersive and harmonious artworks.

 As she discusses her creation process and her vision of the future of contemporary art and technology, Hitomi Sato expands on the role of the spectator’s intervention in achieving the release of resonances of one’s inner world and memories.