Chisei Kobayashi (*1994, Sapporo, lives and works in Sapporo, Japan) is fascinated by the emotional impact of visual signs as well as by premonitions and moods that we suddenly encounter in everyday life and that cannot be grasped in words alone. And yet since then the artist has been using drawings, paintings and installations to try to capture what cannot actually be captured. During an artist residency in Portland, USA in 2018, Kobayashi developed keen interest in graffiti, the meaning of which was hidden for her due to a lack of language skills. What remains, she wondered, when signs are deprived of their meaning? Can writing still convey something when the letters originate spontaneously? An artistic experiment that pursues these central questions of her work is her graphical documentation of noises or conversations on the street. What emerges are characters similar to letters, which, however, cannot be read in a conventional manner. The artist's hand functions more like the needle of a seismograph, which notices when mood changes occur.
Chisei Kobayashi's works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Japan, including the exhibition Drawing in Thinking at the 500m Museum, Sapporo, Japan in 2019 and East-North - Natural History of Art at Tsutaya Books Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan in 2016. The artist completed an artist residency in Portland, USA in 2018 and was selected for the Kiyosu City Haruhi Painting Triennale in Aichi, Japan in 2015.