Artist Statement



“The World In-Between”

Ordinary and extraordinary, pain and happiness, light and shadow, life and death.
I feel that at any time there are two conflicting beings in the world, and there is a “World In-Between” the two.

One summer when I was a university student, I saw pigeons canni- balise another pigeon in a small driveway as I was commuting by bicycle.
These universal symbols of peace, eating a weaker one of them that could barely move.

There was a sense of intensity between the society I live in that regards doves as a symbol of peace and the pigeons’ society as they view it from their side.
For a few minutes I was suspended there in a deep breath, in the “World In-Between”.

The surrounding concrete walls, the cars passing by... and over my head the wide clear blue sky... It made me feel dizzy.

Things taught by society from a young age can be perceived differ- ently, with different values, by different people.

Some feelings only my present self can feel, some views only my present self can see.
I want to express those and share them with a stranger who lives in the opposite time, art is my connector with society.

I am evolving my art to explore new possibilities for the “World In-Between”.
From my core practice, painting to other media, or from other media back to painting.

Not bound to one material. This new practices are keeping me and my art in motion.

Seiko Hayase 2021


World In-Between x Painting

I’ve been exploring painting since I was in art university in Nagoya, Japan. For me painting is my core art tool, and when I take a pencil in my hands and sit down in front of white paper, even now I can focus instantly and I can forget any dust of thought.
Maybe, it’s the same for you too.

Title: My favorite - Hat/Dress
Medium: pastel on paper/ 2020
Size: Hat 180.0x84.5cm/ Dress 84.5X175.0cm

Title:  Who I am
Medium: Water color on paper panel/2020
Size: 50.0x40.0cm

Title:  A lost thing
Medium: Water color on paper panel/2019
Size: 50.0x60.0cm

Title:  Still of the night
Medium: Water color on paper panel/2019
Size: 40.0x30.0cm

Title:  Bird funeral
Medium: Water color on paper panel/2019
Size: 60.0x50.0cm

Title:  Floating on the river
Medium: Water color on paper panel/2018
Size: 41.0x32.0cm

Title:  Floating on the sea
Medium: Water color on paper panel/2018
Size: 32.0x41.0cm

Title:  Still life
Medium: water color on paper panel/2020
Size: 30.0x40.0cm

Title:  Enzyme - Frustration
Medium: pencil on paper/2020
Size: 175.0x84.5cm

Title:  My favorite - Overall
Medium: pastel on paper/2020
Size: 130.0x84.5cm

Title:  Thursday morning
Medium: watercolor on paper panel/2020
Size: 50.0x60.0cm

Title:  Compression
Medium: watercolor, charcoal on paper panel/2021
Size: 60.0x50.0cm

Title:  Ordinary
Medium: Water color on paper panel/2021
Size: 59.0x42.0cm

Title:  Self Portrait 2021 Spring - Far away
Medium: pencil, watercolor on paper/2021
Size: 30.0x40.0cm (4 panels)

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About me

Biography / CV

Photography: Jed Niezgoda

Seiko Hayase
1987, Japan

Seiko Hayase, born in Shiga, Japan.
She is a Japanese artist based in Mallow, Co. Cork since 2018.She lived in Marseille, France after she graduated from Nagoya University of Arts. She works with Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Collaborative project, trying to develop her artwork not bound to specific materials and art category. At the same time, she also tries to find a socially engaged voice in her artwork.

She is working in Sample Studio, also National Sculpture Factory for her project from Feb-May 2022.


  • Sample-Studios, Cork : June 10th 2020 ~
  • National Sculpture Factory, Cork : Feb - May 2022
  • Uillinn:West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen
Residency studio3- 1th March to 26th March 2022


︎April 2006 to March 2011
Nagoya University Of Arts - Oil Painting Bachelor

︎September 2011 to April 2012 :
National School of Fine Art in Dijon - Exchange student

︎April 2011 to March 2013 :
Nagoya University of Arts - Oil Painting Master


︎Cork Community Art Link - February 2020 ~


︎Running shows
︎World In Between: Solo exhibition with GOMA gallery, Waterford. 17th February to 27th March 2022 *Extended to 30th April

︎Upcoming shows
︎Group exhibition with Radical Institute, November 2022

︎Solo exhibition in The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Cork 

︎Solo exhibition at Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo
Sep - Oct 2023, Main gallery Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo *Rescheduled in 2025 

︎Selected shows/events
︎St.Patricks day project “Present” 2022 at Uillinn
︎K-FEST 2021 22nd - 25th October 2021

︎”Creepy Parade” collaborative street perfomance
Opening celemony of Skibbereen Arts Festival 16th Oct. 2021

︎Annual Members' Exhibition
3rd September – 18th September 2021, Lavit Gallery, Cork

︎Cahoots - The Space Between Curated by Nicola Anthony 
December 18th 2020 - February 28th 2021
Sample-Studios TACTIC Visual Arts Programme

︎Sample-Studios winter's members show
December 12th 2020 — January 10th 2021

︎All In! - Catalyst Arts members exhibition
20th May – 12th June 2020, Online, Belfast

︎Annual Members' Exhibition
20th February – 7th March 2020, Lavit Gallery, Cork

︎Bachelor graduation exhibition
February 21th to 26th 2013, Nagoya Civic Gallery Yada

︎Graduation exhibition
March 8th to March 13th 2011, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Arts, Nagoya Japan

︎Uillinn:West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen

Residency studio3 for St.Patricks Parade project
1th March to 26th March 2022

︎The Radical Institute at Studios of Sanctuary Programme, Residency
︎Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre - Cork County Council/Uillinn Artist in Residence Award
11 September - October 12 2021, Skibbereen Co. Cork


︎Visual Arts Bursary 2021 / Arts Council Ireland

︎The Radical Institute at Studios of Sanctuary Programme : Support for 15months from Sep 2021

︎The Department of Culture, Cork County Council and LLPPS scheme for Creepy Parade/ 16th October 2021 with Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre

︎Arts Council Professional Development Award : Support for 2021

︎Carlow Arts Festival - Wedge Funds Micro-bursary : Support for 2021

︎Arts Council Agility Award Round1 2021: Support for ‘Creepy Parade’

︎“Create and Fire Station Artists’ Stu- dios Remote Residency Award 2021” Shortlisted


︎1st April 2022: About World In Between at GOMA gallery
/Waterford Secondary School

︎2nd April 2022: About World In Between at GOMA gallery
/General audience

︎Summer 2021: National Sculpture Factory artist interview


︎CAHOOTS - The Space Between Review by Jennifer Redmond
March-April 2021 / Visual Artists News sheet (VAN) by Visual Artists Ireland ︎


︎Sona-Zines - First edition, Cork ︎

March-April 2021 / Visual Artists News sheet (VAN) by Visual Artists Ireland