Miho Watanabe was born in Kyoto, Japan and moved to Sydney in her 20’s. Her artwork is about being aware of ‘between-ness’ and her obsession of ‘between-ness’ started whilst taking photographs as a professional photographer. Photography was her medium to express and to create her artworks.
Working as an assistant photographer in Japan in her youth helped her to understand the relationship between camera and light, and how to use space and time within photography. And she always wondered what was there between the subject, the camera, and herself as the author. There was something in between, because she always connected to the space around the subject which was a key to producing a meaningful outcome. She delivered more interesting outcomes when she was connected to a subject and the space it occupied . It didn’t matter if the subject was organic or non organic. Through the search of aesthetics, she realized that she was always searching for the ‘between-ness’. And this obsession emerged as a topic that would drive her current research into what this ‘between-ness’ may be.
Between-ness is an ‘invisible’ subject to explore, and the existence of ‘between-ness’ requires ‘things’ that are not in between, and without these ‘things’ there will be no ‘between’. She believes the meaning of space, time and mind are hidden in between-ness.
She works with installations, interactive works, and photography, painting mixed media to engage this invisible subject to become visible. She is a member of Tree Veneration Society and currently studying her Masters by Research at UNSW Art & Design.
She conveys a realization of different perspectives of the subject/Between-ness to the viewers through her work.