Mika Horie

Belgium, Antwerp IBASHO

Mika Horie (JP, 1984) studied at the Kyoto University of Art and Design and in the UK at the Kingston University in London. After an internship at a traditional papermaker's studio, she became fascinated with making her own paper for her photographic experiments with cyanotype photography. Horie's works are fully handmade. The paper is made by her from local, organic and high quality raw materials. Her photographic process is nearly as laborious as the paper making. She hauls her old 8x10 inch camera into the hills where she harvests the gampi for her paper, capturing mountainscapes, foliage, and nearly-forgotten villages. She treats her paper with iron salts, places the oversized negatives directly on top of the paper, and allows the sun to expose them to shades of cyan and deep indigo. Her working process combined with the roughness of the paper, produces unique, abstract and timeless works of art.