Mayumi Enoki’s work explores hidden phenomena in our day-to-day activities.
In the Enoki’s ‘‘Binding and String’’ series, her 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. Moreover, each print has slightly different details, so it generates a Variable Edition.
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, and she realises that this is quite natural because our lives are full of chance elements, as well as signs of impermanence. The transformation of materials only happens once and cannot be reversed. 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.
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 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2021, the Megalo Intaglio Online Exhibition 2020 and 2021, Grant for the Nishieda Foundation Support Emerging Curators and Artists Program 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 Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Japan, Kitayama and Company, Tokyo Japan.