Kohei Nawa's artistic output is diverse. It includes sculptures, installations, and paintings. Undoubtedly, his most memorable series has to be PixCell. By covering up the entire object with transparent spheres, Nawa is bestowing it with a shroud of light. This process renders the surface of the object into countless cells wrapped around the object. Visually, they are akin to pixels - the most fundamental element in computer graphics.
These spheres of various sizes thoroughly cover the taxidermy. As a result, viewers must view the work through the myriad of refractions. This extraordinary viewing experience emphasises the depth of the gaze as well as the continuity in observing multiple layers of detail. Thus, viewers are guided to employ a new mode of seeing that inspects the interiority of objects.
From the pixels on a computer screen to the glass spheres, and ultimately reaching the PixCell state, this work reflects worldview of Kohei Nawa. Anything that undergoes his PixCell treatment will be transformed into something that carries the same DNA. Not only does Nawa guides the audience to contemplate on the relationship between the self and the universe, he also inspires infinite imagination of how new species will be created in the rapidly developing field of bioengineering.