Riko Yasumiya 安宮 理子 was born in Ōsaka 大阪 (b. 1993), graduated from Kyoto Seika University 京都精華大学 in 2015, subsequently in 2019 she undertook Art & Science in Central Saint Martins in London and obtained a master’s degree in Arts.
Yasumiya produces visual artworks and artefacts related to human anatomy, her research lies in how these could better inform and encourage greater awareness and understanding of our body, by using a variety of media appropriate to teaching and presentational requirements, including textile, mixed media, 3D construction and installation. SYNONYM worked with Yasumiya for her first commissioned installation work titled [neuro−muscular interaction 神経−筋 機能] during the first phase of project GROWING SPACE at LALALA Batting Centre バッティングららら in March 2021.
“As an artist I felt that my role is to ease the communication between doctors and patients via artworks. Medicine became more transparent and there are fewer mysteries surrounding it nowadays. Throughout the course of history, as human beings progressed further, we were able to cure more diseases but the barrier in communication between medical workers and patients would always exist because pain and suffering are always subjective, so this would probably be an eternal challenge.”