●Work 11 - Miser
People say I am a miser.
I like to go to a supermarket just before the closing time. Why? Discounts! Clerks start putting a discount seal onto the unsold items around 21:00. The seals show the amount of discount, some are 50yen and some are 100yen. When I find the seal for 50% discount, I cry and say “good job!” to my self in my mind. I admit that I am a miser. But I don’t mind it and I go to shopping.
The theme of my work is “My Proud Life”. I can dress up and go to a party for a once only. I can even put well false eyelashes recently. I can speak without any accent which I got from Nagano and Ibaraki for 10 mins. Being writer would be the same. I could pretend to be realism but it’s not like me and I cannot enjoy doing it. If you pretend be smart and create something, nobody would pay attention to it. If you are a countryman, be country man, and if you are not smart, be not-smart person and live honestly and positively. In short, be what you are. I don’t mean to cut corners but express as much as possible about myself.
There is another thing I strain at. It’s continuation. I finish my work but wouldn’t complete it and still continue working for ever. This work is also still progressing. I would not put it in the storage after the exhibition. I am still collecting seals and continue putting seals today and tomorrow for 100yen. It will be continued in 1 year time, 2 years time and 10 years time. The actions continuing everyday are not special and it’s like kaizuka which accumulation might be excavated someday and it is my work in my own way. My work proves my life and it will continue while I live.
I was often asked, why whirl? It is the whirl of the life. My work will never stop and will continue. The life is often described as a river, “Like the flow of the River” or “Flowing river sill never stop”. The whirl is the form which grows along with the life.
I fall for the big whirl which sometimes fights with waves but grows stronger and greater.