Megumi Matsubara works individually as an artist and collaboratively as an architect through Assistant, an international, interdisciplinary design practice that she co-founded with Hiroi Ariyama in 2002. Across her practice Matsubara takes an architectural approach to composing spatial narratives: installation, sound, photography, performance and text all play an equal role. She reconfigures existing environments as to question the balance between presence and absence. Matsubara works both as an artists and an architect, engaged in international and interdisciplinary design practice. About her work Matsubara says: ‘My approach is an attempt to reveal a different awareness of spatiality; to explore, through a collection of ephemeral experiences, the other side of the pleats that are always hidden.’
Her work includes experimental projects such as Sound/Art – Tuning in to Africa in collaboration with artist Nástio Mosquito at the Yokohama Creative City Center (YCC) in Yokohama, Japan; and Une soirée avec Megumi Matsubara, a one-week intervention at Le Cube in Rabat, Morocco. She has participated in group exhibitions including Kime to Kehai, Texture and Sense, at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre in Aomori, Japan; the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan; and the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia in Milan, Italy.