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Performance

PERFORMANCE

“Ultimately, Ichiuji’s art practice as a whole confronts notions of truth and artifice; the carefully calculated facades and scripted sound bites of politicians, superficial constructions of beauty and feminine identity as well as bodies are revealed, understood and treated. Her work reminds the viewer that everything is tied to and revealed by the body—emotion, age, sexuality, fertility, death and disease, and as such, one’s corporeality truly is everything to lose. As everyone’s physical form is in a constant state of aging, inevitably leading toward death, the sense of loss referred to in the title is not plainly about inconsequential pride or fleeting affection. Alternatively, Everything to Lose considers the passing of youth and everyone’s ultimate mortality. Because she manipulates the continuity of time and the veracity of flesh, Ichiuji also provides an alternate message and meditation on impermanence. A bit of humor, a heartfelt message of love, nimble sways of the hips, a few gleaming reflections, and a rosy-cheeked smile assuage any overwhelming fears of loss.”

– Shannon Egan (Art Historian/Curator/Writer) from “In the Flesh” Exhibition catalog.