Artist Inquisition: M-I-S-O

M-I-S-O is one of our favourites. Her work is elegant and focused and her career is envious. Her simplistic style garners international attention, as she travels the world working on diverse projects. M-I-S-O is a finalist in the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence. We were lucky enough to ask her a few questions. Enjoy! fukushima_8_hires

Congrats on being a finalist in the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence. How do you drink your whisky?

Thank you. Straight, please. Or a Highball for the long haul.

Where is your favourite place to live/work/be?

Always Tokyo.

What were some of the most difficult things about breaking into the creative industry as an artist? What is something you know now that you wish you knew in the beginning of your career?

It’s an incredibly difficult industry to be in, at times. You really just have to find out what works for you, in really specific circumstances - and really fight to carve your place in that world. I really do sometimes wish there were clearer paths to follow, or it were easier to get advice or have role models to follow. But it’s really the kind of industry where you have to invent your own world and logistics a little bit. Which can also make it a pretty amazing world to be in.

When you start a project, what MUST you have in order to begin?

To be honest, nothing - really! I try to be as nimble as I can, as durable to work in any circumstance, in any conditions, anywhere in the world that I need to. Having said that, before I start a project, I research very, very heavily. And that consideration & conceptual clarity is pretty important to me when I’m starting a new body of work. Other than that, I can’t let myself be too particular.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

It’s all water off my back. Maybe it’s nicer not to hold onto it!

If you weren’t an artist, what would you want to be?

I think I would have stayed in the philosophy faculty at university.

What projects are in the works for 2017?

I’ve just returned from mapping the reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Exclusion zone, making data maps & collecting topographies for my next body of work. I’m still really living with it, dreaming about it a lot, continuing research post the work on the ground. I think I will just be able to really start when the New Year ticks over in the studio, and I have the feeling it will consume most of 2017 for me, everything else permitting. I’m really being generous with myself to make what I need to make, without a deadline, for these works.

And finally, how long is your wait list for tattoos?

I can’t really keep a wait list, because I move around & work a little too much - so it’s not really possible for me. It’s a lot more fluid than that, just strictly for whatever friends are around, in whatever city, when I have a night off. A wait list would destroy me, maybe!

Thanks lady!



The Glenfiddich Artist in Residency is an annual competition with a winning prize of $21,000 plus the chance to live and work at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland.

For more information and to follow M-I-S-O: Website: Instagram: @m_i_s_o_


Words: Julia Howland Images: Courtesy of artist

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