■Time, Space and Material
My production, Shuh is the convergence of time, space and material and it could be myself. It mingles with my daily life and I call it Shuh.
The objects I tempt to express is not the social problems nor unclear truth but purely about my existence. I would like to express about environment, life space and the time I live on , in brief I’m aiming to reveal about all of myself.
Therefore it couldn’t be completed a day or two, or even a month or two months but it should take a life time to express my own existence. The execution is about the continuation. The time piled up would educate me and at the same time, it would also foster my arts. The work of continuation would complete one art and I would be satisfied with it, just an art in mylife.
I think that I, a production, am being formed assembling with the time I live, the space surround me, and the materials occurred in the process of the time in my life.
There should be no one who has never experienced changes in your life and therefore everyone produce your own life and it could be the proof of that we, as a production, keep changing by the time, space and materials in our life.
Shuh is my mutual theme in all my productions. It’s not only the gathering materials as in the figurative medium but also the gathering of our daily life, time and space where we are. It doesn’t refer a moment of the past nor the future but it’s the flow of the time from the past, present and to the future. It’s also the space I spent in. When three aspects time, space and material meet, Shuh is created.
My work often deals with flow and swirl. I work on one theme for years and I’ll come to feel the form of flowing hours as the river. I like to walk along the river and watch carefully the current of the water. Water has various faces, it stagnates, whirls and it’s sometimes quite and rough. It’s never being the same. In literary works, flow is often used to express the life itself, such as “like the flow of the river” or “flowing river never stops”. Swirl could be a kind of flow. I could see our social life in Flow and Swirl. The river never stops its flow and never the same. It goes peacefully and violently and sometimes passionately and that’s what I wish my work could be. I work calmly and sometimes in a sloppy mood but I’ll continue my endless work hoping that it will someday become a great work like a great river.
■Materials created by me
I have much concern with materials for my work. I only use the materials which are consumed in dairy life and turned to be wastes. The wastes are precious materials to me. There are various materials such as newspapers, used teabags, socks etc. and many ways to express.
Although wastes tend to be difficult materials to use, I have a reason to use them particularly. Kaizuka is one of our excavations in Japan. People at that time threw shells after eating and those were heaped up and made a small hill of shells. The remains of those hills of shells are Kaizuka.
Shells are not only what we could find from the hills but also other things could be found in there such as earthenware, stone tools and bones, so to speak , Kaizuka is the dumping ground for ancient people. Archaeologists study on those wastes in order to get to know about their culture and their life environment.
For Ancient people, it may be the violation of their privacy or they might say “Mind your own business!”. However, I found interesting that the wastes could be the best materials to reveal how they lived.
For me, using wastes for my work could mean a way of expression to reveal myself. My heart would beat with imagining that somebody who don’t know me or somebody who lives in a hundred years time thinks about me looking at my work, like an archaeologist talks on ancient people. Think on me looking at my work.