Born in Nagoya, Japan. Graduated from Tsuda College, majoring in International Development. After working as a coordinator for international security issues at the Ministry of Defense in Japan, Mizuno changed her focus to more interpersonal issues. By incorporating the act of cooking and eating food, her work explores various ways of communication with selves, others, and the surrounding environment. While her work consists mainly of installations, workshops, projects and texts, what she really tries to do is to set the scene to reevaluate the existing values. In other words, it is to make a space that ferments. She currently studies in the Global Art Practice MFA program at Tokyo University of the Arts.
My work explores fundamental ways of corresponding to and communicating with the surrounding environment in contemporary society, and tries to make a common space where new relations “ferment.” One of the most primitive methods of sharing with others is through the act of cooking and eating food. While the act of eating, taking outside materials into our body, is naturally dangerous, it takes care of our body and mind. Furthermore, the act helps people to reconnect and rebuild relationships among humans and relationships between humans and nonhumans in the present society full of divisions and conflicts.
Nowadays, we have an increasing number of communication tools such as social media and video chat in addition to face-to-face meetings, letters, and phone calls. Moreover, we see many prompt and one-way communication styles even though communication naturally requires collective effort. Trying to stimulate mutual actions can be painful and irritating. And yet if we wish to live a better life, how should we human beings correspond to and communicate with the world? That is why I investigate how people of all times and places and other species have been communicating with each other and try to engage people in dialogues with the world in a playful way.