Motoko Ishibashi (b.1987 Nagasaki, Japan) received her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London in 2015, her BFA in Painting at Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2013 (with First Class Honours), and a BA in Aesthetics and Science of Arts: Philosophy at Keio University, Tokyo in 2010. Focused predominantly on painting Ishibashi uses online sourced imagery as inspiration for the exploration of gender within digital subcultures. Her practice also includes installation and performance. Ishibashi’s work has appeared in the following recent exhibitions, some of which she was also involved in curating: Agitations: stirred portraits at Courtyard Hiroo, Tokyo (2020), The Sound of Rhubarb at Lady Helen, London (2019), Rachel Is at Pact, Paris (2019), Seraphita at Polansky Gallery, Prague (2018), and 2:00 at Fig. Tokyo (2018). Forthcoming projects include an exhibition with Gray Wielebinski in the UK and a solo project in Tokyo, both in 2021.
While in residence, Motoko plans to continue developing a recent series of paintings, and will present these in a solo exhibition at V.O Gallery in June 2021.