Born 1973 in Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo
Education: BA in Textiles from Goldsmiths University and an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Aoyama works with an old Singer sewing machine to create meticulously embroidered works, which range in subject matter from world maps to historical depictions of labor and craft. With painstaking and skilled precision, Aoyama’s intricate process reflects on the notion of the individual craftsman in an age of outsourcing and mechanised labor. Frequently working with found imagery, Aoyama further questions the cultural value of appropriation. (white rainbow gallery, London)