Motohiko Odani


“Born in 1972 in Kyoto, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo. Motohiko Odani is an artist who executes magnificent, mysterious and often grotesque artworks across a myriad of mediums. Known primarily for his sculpture, Odani will utilize other art forms in imaginative ways including photography, video and video projections in order to capture “things that can’t be seen with the human eye, like phenomena and perceptions.”

A recurring theme throughout his oeuvre is exemplified by his Phantom Limb series (2013 and 1997), which is a sequence of large, flawlessly executed photographic laser prints of a young girl in a white dress. Her hands appear to be missing—a reference to the sensation felt by amputees who still “feel” their missing body parts. On closer inspection, her hands are simply coloured red with raspberry stains, thereby reproducing an equivalent sensation in the viewer: to experience something that did not exist. Odani’s work often induces these types of uneasy feelings, while continually enticing the viewer in ways that cannot be described simply a morbid curiosity.”