Statement

 

   I create digital collage pieces with the concept of making the invisible visible.
   The pieces are made using randomly created materials such as drawings, and combining
   them with different materials, connecting them visually into a single form.
   With this process, I add images from my internal world, my thoughts, and my emotions
   to discover fresh, new shapes that do not exist in reality, and use them all in
   the atypically shaped characters that appear in my works.
   The theme of my works is the dynamism of life, and the amplification of my thoughts and
   emotions adds story-like characteristics to the still, digital images, which make one feel
   the shift to and from each scene.
   Every character is based on a familiar plant or animal, while at the same time is flexible,
   rich in variety, and highly rigid.
   Unlike the traditional spiritual and occult images of Asia or the anti-naturalist
   expressions of the West, the atypical forms I use have been influenced by
   the Choju Jinbutsu Giga (Animal-person Caricatures of East Asia in the mid-12th
   century), which were drawn in between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in Japan, and
   the eighteenth century artist Jakuchu ITO (Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period,
   18C), especially their comical expressions, and flat, precise depictions, with the addition
   of slightly over exaggerated facial expressions and movements, which give the characters
   presence and compatibility with their surroundings.
   I go further and aim to make images that give a different impression when seen close and
   seen at a distance, for a multiplex of visual nuance and impact,
   by constructing the entirety of each piece like a metacollage, that combines several such
   characters.
   Further, the forms of the plants that appear in all of my works also heal us, and at times
   threaten us by becoming natural disasters, and so become self-conflicting symbols.
   The structural harmony of the entirety and the pieces of each piece is based on the
   Buddhist philosophy of life, the way that the macrocosm of the universe and the
   microcosm of human existence interact, is another important element of my work.
   Most of my work is output digitally onto cloth and attached to wood panels covered in
   white coating, which heightens the development of the color, and some are printed onto
   paper or put onto acrylic mountings.
   I propose a variety of flexible exhibiting styles, with some works having the proportions
   of traditional Eastern works such as hanging scrolls or fusuma-e, some use a multi-panel
   style reminiscent of the screen layout of the vertically long fusuma-e, with images lined
   up one after the next, and multi-panel hybrid types, where even one piece could be
   exhibited on its own.

 

 

 

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