●Work 6 -Concept of date
Is there any day nothing happen? There is a day when is boring but the day still exists. There is always something happening in a world. Even if there is a day completely forgotten by you, the day still exists in the past. And the memory has been store in you and may have waited to be recalled again.
People could be a memory book piling up day by day. We all have a different memory so that our memory books are different. We will be matured by ages which mean adding pages of our memory books. What I think at this moment may be completely disappeared from my mind in the next year or in 10 years time. Do I really forget what I feel at this moment? It’s not important for me how valuable or how useful this day is but this day exists. I don’t want to forget myself about it in the future because I actually live those days. I thought about it in the summer a couple of years ago. It was the first day in that summer mosquito-repellent incense was burnt. I lit it put on the new dish. It was lit on the next day and a day after the next day till the end of the summer on that dish. I thought about how many of those would be lit by the end of the summer when I cleaned up the ashes. The burnt mark left by mosquito-repellent incense on the dish varied by days. One day it was black and the other day it had white edge. Sometime it burnt out in the middle of the whirl and didn’t leave a complete whirl mark. It may have been depending on the weather or humidity. I cannot explain in a way of science but the burnt mark was different and it never left the identical mark. It’s like days which never come back or days which were forgotten, there is no another today but only one day.
I worked on a piece named “a week” on that year. A week in the summer when I lit mosquito-repellent incense every day, I saw a different burnt mark from identical mosquito-repellent incense. The difference is the same as the memory of days which never comes back and it is a proof of that the day exists even the day was completely forgotten.
As the work expressing dairy life, I have my favorite work which is “Today series” by Atsushi Kawahara. It’s a small black screen but only the date is showed in white letters. Those white block letters are simply but clearly there without any decay or error. It’s a quite simple and blunt piece of work. In this profound work, even if you don’t understand any technique for painting or idea of the artist, the date could be understood by anybody. I think, it’s because of that dates are the common language could be understood by anybody and we all live in the world where the dates are our common language. What is the message by the artist? The work has been started since January 4, 1966 and it is currently still being worked. It’s like the hours we all cannot escape from. If I think about it, I feel too much spirit in it and it is not a vacant piece of work. What is there behind those clear letters? The way to express something with letters shows the wills of the artist to leave a mark for ones existence. However most of all dairy events will be forgotten for a time being. His work may show the time which surely existed but being forgotten. Those forgotten moment has created me and we all live in the time we can never stop. This work never ends because of it.
Return to my work, since I finished “a week”, I have decided to develop it and started to print memories on a huge blank mat. I would print all my memories in summer days on this mat, summer days’ memories which are so many and I’m not sure if I could remember all of them, blue sky, a shower, a fresh watermelon and an evening cicada. I expressed those summer days in “summer days”. Burnt incense sticks become ashes and it’s like memories of days. The day never comes back. Burn mosquito-repellent incense is the metaphor of the day and the burnt mark is the symbol of the memory. What I see in the future for the memory of burnt mark which never disappear.