The 17th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize Winner
Honda Ayano won the Grand Prize in the 17th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition for “Hello! The World,” her display of illustrations and manga on the theme of “a strange world.” She simultaneously showed illustrations—of a yeti living in the desert of the near future, for example—and short-story manga conjured from their respective characters, and received acclaim from the judges for the originality of her works, which are achievable only through this fusion of illustrations and manga.
As a university student Ayano majored in sculpture and created works in 3 dimensions. But to enable the viewer to become more deeply absorbed in her “strange world,” she now displays combinations of illustrations and manga. She takes one part of one of her illustrations and features it in one frame of a manga, creating a short-story manga imagined from the situation of the given character. In doing so, a flow is born of the time before and after the illustration, thereby bringing even greater vividness to the unique world of her works.
Ayano’s “strange world,” which is inhabited by the likes of yetis, plastic bottles and scorpions, depicts realms that in reality couldn’t exist. Even so, they are expressed from a third-person perspective as if observing her characters’ everyday lives. The works as a whole arouse sensations of engagement and humor, making life in her “strange world” seem like normality.
The stage for this exhibition will be the desert of the near future, follow-up to when she received the Grand Prize, and by touring through the gallery admiring the works on display, the visitor is presented with a story. In this way, the visitor is sure to enjoy Ayano’s “strange world” expressed by the gallery space as a whole. A talk event, delving into the secret behind Ayano’s creative process, will be held on June 11 (Mon) with illustrator Jun Tsuzuki as guest.
Born in 1985. Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Graduate School of Arts, with a concentration in Sculpture.
2016 Selected as a finalist in the 200th “The Choice” (selected by Arata Kubota)
2017 Works selected for showing at Bologna Illustrators Exhibition
2017 Runner-up for “AX” magazine’s 19th New Manga Artist Award
2017 Grand Prize in the 17th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition
2018 Winner of Masayoshi Nakajo Award in HB Gallery’s 28th File Competition
Message from the Artist
I draw pictures and manga bringing together things that cross my mind. It would make me very happy if people will enjoy the strange world in which my characters loiter about in the desert.
Message from One of the Judges
Honda Ayano’s activities to date have consistently demonstrated a temporary fixation, and then repetition, of traces resulting from prohairesis (choice). Looking through the entire body of her activities, we don’t find even an iota of will; what there is, rather, is a far cry from “creation.” Ayano, while closing herself off, nevertheless is influenced by nature, and she in turn has an influence on various mediums, and it is there that her works appear. But they “exist” there only by happenstance: not by will, but by prohairesis.
Jun Tsuzuki (illustrator)
Organizer: Guardian Garden