Mayumi Enoki was born in Hiroshima and lives and works in Okayama, Japan.
Enoki uses her perceptive mind to grasp and develop an understanding of things and phenomena that are hidden in day-to-day activities. With a delicate gaze, she creates unique works using the most suitable method to capture the sense of a piece. Progressing from ideas to completed pieces, she has presented her work via various media, such as intaglios, texts, photographs, installations and objects.
The starting point of her works is where overlapping can be seen in everyday life, visualised as processes of stacking and layering. She says, “putting a plate and a sheet of paper on a press, overprinting colours or piling thin paper represent our unconscious everyday activities, like stacking dishes on a table or folding clothes into a pile.”
Enoki develops her visual vocabulary through her everyday life. For her, it is not only impressive events but also individual moments that are particles of residual time and space, stacking up over a lifetime. By conceptualising this process as stacking with gaps, we can pay attention to relationships and involve the in-between as phenomena in itself.
While stacking, shifting or moving a piece as she would everyday objects, the works become part of artist's own living time and space. Their form conveys what she thinks and how she spends every day in her studio.
Enoki holds MA (RCA) from Printmaking Course, Faculty of Fine Art at Royal College of Art in the UK, BA in art education from National Okayama University in Japan. She worked as an associate professor & lecturer in graphic design and printmaking at universities and art schools in 1993-2010. In 2019, she had a selected show by the Nishieda Foundation as 'Support Emerging Curators and Artists Program 2019'. Her artwork can be found in public collections, e.g. at the Osaka Contemporary Art Center in Osaka, Japan.