Sculptor Anna Yamanishi’s Master’s degree is from the Kyoto City University of Arts and she has presented her works in Japan in both solo and group exhibitions. Yamanishi gets her inspiration for her wood carvings and installations from the sense of presence in materials and places. In her art, she studies the relationships between materials and herself, between the environment and people, and even those among people and phenomena.
During her residency at KulttuuriKauppila, she created an installation in a showcase in the railway underpass in the City of Oulu. This installation, Boundary, studied the interface between humans and nature, the human–nature boundary which she found in Ii. In her installation, through the stage-like scene, she wished to reproduce the feeling of the air she felt.
The installation was based on the artist’s observations during her residency at KulttuuriKauppila: She thought that the people live very modestly and that people and nature maintain a good balance. She also thinks that we wear invisible clothes when we live in society. When we enter nature, we can take them off. When she stands by the river or in the forest she remembers that she is part of nature.