榎は日々の営みに潜む現象を「unpredictability 予測不可能性」あるいは「randomness 無作為性」という視点より捉え、偶然に結ばれた縁や出会いがもたらす非再現性・非永続性を、素材の可能性を探りながら作品化し、表現しています。
2022年より英国王立画家・版画家協会 (Associate Member of Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers ) 准会員(ARE) 。
Mayumi Enoki’s work explores hidden phenomena in our day-to-day activities.
In the ‘‘Binding and String’’ series, Enoki’s metal-binding technique is inspired by a Japanese dyeing method, in which string prevents corrosion on a metal plate. A plate treated by this technique is so fragile that it can only create a couple of prints. Each print has slightly different details, thus generating a Variable Edition. Furthermore, this transformation of materials only happens once and cannot be reversed or reproduced.
Enoki thinks a print traces not only an image of the plate but also transfers a physical phenomenon- what happens on a plate during corrosion and printing. She has become very interested in this unpredictability which resonates with her view of the impermanence and randomness of life. Enoki would say that such concepts are characteristic of Japanese culture and ideas of beauty.
In Enoki’s recent prints, she also uses the chine-collé technique with metal leaf, inspired by the Japanese tradition of visible mending of pottery with gold. Enoki explores the concept of accepting and caring for the irreversible scars of our everyday existence and how these scars transform us in some way. She views this as a natural process, that we are imperfect and that our lives are full of chance elements.
Enoki holds a MA (RCA) from Printmaking Course, Faculty of Fine Art at Royal College of Art in the UK in 1990, a BA in art education from National Okayama University in Japan in 1983. Enoki is selected as an Associate Member of RE Society of Painter-Printmakers (ARE) from 2022.
She worked as an associate professor and a lecturer in graphic design and printmaking at art universities in 1993-2010.
Enoki has exhibited in Japan and overseas since 1985. Her exhibition highlights include, the International Original Print Exhibition 2022, the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2021 and 2022, the Megalo Intaglio Online Exhibition 2020 and 2021, Grant Exhibition, the Nishieda Foundation, Support to Emerging Curators and Artists, two persons show 2019, the Yozo Hamaguchi 100th Anniversary International Print Competition and Exhibition 2009.
She participated in the London Summer Intensive residency program in Slade School of Fine Art / Camden Arts Center 2017 and showcased the London Summer Intensive Showcase, Camden Arts Centre 2017.
Enoki had the Visiting Artist Talk Series: Mayumi Enoki at Taipei National University of the Arts, School of Fine Arts 2016 and granted Hiroshima Scholarship, from the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation, Inc.,1988-90.
Her artworks can be found in public and company collections, including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK, the Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Japan, Kitayama and Company, Tokyo Japan.