Shikiri, meaning “to divide space using colors,” is a made-up term the French architect has embraced in her art and architecture. She aims to “use colors as three-dimensional elements, like layers, in order to create spaces, not as a finishing touch applied to surfaces.”
For this particular exhibit, Moureaux cites her inspiration as the city of Tokyo itself, saying that, after moving to Tokyo, she became fascinated by: the “overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional ‘layers.’”
To achieve this sensation of “layers,” she dyed 100 colors upon an array of 840 finely-produced papers that she then hung from the ceiling of the exhibit. As a result, visitors experience an uncanny division of space.
“100 Colors” was on display at the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Tokyo until September 29th.