The Japanese artist Masami Aihara, born in 1961, lives on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Aihara is an internationally recognised artist whose work has been exhibited in Vietnam, Turkey, Canada, Greece and Russia. The artist has been awarded many prizes in her home country for her work in the promotion of fine arts.
Masami Aihara was the first resident artist at KulttuuriKauppila. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, KulttuuriKauppila invited her to take up a month’s residence in August 2016. The exhibition Face to Face was a solo exhibition by Aihara and celebrated her thirty years as an artist. In the exhibition she explored interpersonal communication and Japanese symbolism.
Inspired by the rough, distinctive scenery, she made use of the different physical states of water in her art, monitoring their constant changes while living in Ii. She was very impressed with the Ii landscape and drew great inspiration from the bodies of water in the area.