Photo: Kazuhiko Tsuchida
Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1982; lives and works in Tokyo.
Chikaraishi graduated from the Department of Information Design at Tama Art University in 2004. In 2009, she was selected for the Traveliving Project, J-WAVE’s initiative to support artists, and engaged in creative activities in Australia. This experience led her to embark on her project to “knit and envelop the world as a Knit Invader,” and her work developed into installation work involving large knitwork dotted about indoor and outdoor public spaces. Chikaraishi is interested in forming more intimate communication between people and cities, and uses her knitting as a communication medium, holding many events and workshops on top of her exhibitions. She also produces costumes for TV and stage shows. For KENPOKU ART 2016, her knitting will invade various areas of the shopping district in front of Hitachi-Taga Station in Hitachi.