Maho Donowaki (she/her)

How does intimacy coincide with harmful relationships? In my work I create narratives about mistreatment in intimate interpersonal connections, and portray these through multidisciplinary approaches. I focus on the long term weight and physical sensations of emotions a body experiences, when undergoing abusive conditions in strong relational bonds. In other words, my works are a visual translation of bodily feelings. I rearrange ordinary objects, and place them as signifiers of an action or an attribute of a role. Through the symbolic elements of my work, I depict the power dynamic that exists in harmful relationships. 

My work visualizes dysfunction and the sensations that come with it, to create a space where it could be observed and paid attention to, especially because such harm tends to remain unspoken. I believe acknowledging the complex attachments in abusive situations, and imagining how and where such harm begins, is the gateway to healing.

Work

I Told You To Stay Sweet - Vol. 1
I Told You To Stay Sweet - Vol. 1

10.6 x 11.6 x 2.1 / Laser print on paper, binder, post-it 2021

Stay There Medium: Dimension variable(96 x 96 x 1) *This installation must always accompany the arti
Stay There Medium: Dimension variable(96 x 96 x 1) *This installation must always accompany the arti

Dimension variable(96 x 96 x 1) *This installation must always accompany the artist’s other artworks / Leftover pizza crust, resin, wood, plaster, paint 2021

I’ll Swim If You Swim Too
I’ll Swim If You Swim Too

96 x 66 x 35 / Leftover Pringles from street, fishbowl, air pump, air stone, pebbles, artificial plants, glycerin, step ladder, cement, resin, plastic, metal powder, pigment, acrylic, oil pastel 2021

I Told You To Stay Sweet - Vol. 1
I Told You To Stay Sweet - Vol. 1

10.6 x 11.6 x 2.1 / Laser print on paper, binder, post-it 2021

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Container

Single channel video 2020