ryoko adachi

I find natural forms fascinating because they have no human intention. Many of my works are derived from these natural forms. I am interested not only in the ancient view of nature, but also in the relationship between life and science and technology, and the way life works in modern society.

In recent years, we have come to understand that the internal and external surfaces of we humans, animals and plants are covered with countless microorganisms that interact with and influence each other. I am interested in and respectful of this organic [form of life] that exists in the context of connection, and my main focus in creating works is to protest against things that interfere with this.

In the 1990s, I worked as a unit called [muon]. Working with natural materials, from microorganisms to minerals, muon's installations explored the boundaries between life and non-life. It was at that time that I developed an interest in the forms of life. Later, I changed my medium of expression from three-dimensional space to the space inside a book, and began working with artist books. Inspired by book artists in Germany, I moved to Germany. By participating in book fairs in various countries and interacting with artists, I experienced how book works can become a place to connect people. Currently based in Tokyo, I also a participate in Artist alliance: Booklyn.

Public Collections

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek^Leipzig, Germany
Klingspor Museum^Offenbach, Germany
RikArt by Helsinki City Library^Helsinki, Finland
Bibliothèque nationale Luxembourg ^Luxembourg
Trinity College^Dublin, Ireland
Wellcome Collection^London, United Kingdom
the University of Chicago, Illinois^Chicago USA
the University of Minnesota^Minneapolis, USA
Stanford University, Special Collections Library, Stanford^California, USA
Florida Atlantic University, Arthur and Mata Jaffe Book as Aesthetic Object Collection, Boca Raton^Florida USA
the University of Central Florida^Florida USA
Boston Athenaeum^Boston USA
Lafayette College, Special Collections Library^Easton USA
Swarthmore College, Special Collections Library,, Swarthmore^Pennsylvania USA
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection^Chicago USA
University of Delaware Library^Delaware USA
St Olaf College^Minneapolis, USA
University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB)^California, USA
The Getty Research Institute^California, USA
Wesleyan University, Olin Library^Connecticut USA
Bainbridge Museum of Art^Washington, USA
University of Connecticut (UCONN)^Connecticut USA
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute^Massachusetts USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries^Massachusetts USA
Ringling College^Florida USA
Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts, Wits Art Museum (WAM), The University of the Witwatersrand^Johannesburg South Africa