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3, Jan -18, 2011


One day I had a little idea for making an etching, and tried a felt cloth instead of a paper. A felt sheet is certainly similar to paper, but it has more a sense of presence as matter, and a strange skin sensation, as well. Through scorching felt by fire, as if biting a plate, cutting the sheet by a burner, or making a pile of sheets, I found materiality as an object in a felt sheet for printmaking, more so than in the case of printed paper.

In this way, I got the freedom to create object-style prints enriched with a two-dimensional spacious plane and a three-dimensional space: I have been released from the restraints of traditional techniques or expressions of copper print. This has enabled me to develop the new-style print as an installation at galleries or museums -- felt works presenting me ideas of new image.

In the sense that the technique can create an image with a feeling of a primitive engraving, that is , burning a felt sheet, I named the working method as " Heatgraph. " A series work of necktie-shaped felt pieces, called " MEMORY, " tries to express man's humorous aspect and the time-passage of its collapse, rather than an irony of controlled human society. I think that man engraves memories in his or her mind most especially when materials or images of things collapse.

Watching the sight of the quick collapse of the large skyscraper (Twin Towers, New York) in TV on September 11, I would question myself about " what is civilization? " This makes me feel that the time and space in which I live are even denied, being so more than the time when those buildings really existed -- the sight was engraved as a heavy Memory in the depth of my mind.

I soon began to think that I would like to create a work of " minus-scenery " where the collapse of things -- not the formation of things -- are depicted, like a sight where a copper plate is collapsed (bitten) by a nitric acid.

For the recent series called " WATER MARK " I have made pieces simply by burning felt sheets and making holes there to leave marks of burning. Viewers must get completely free different images, according to their memories or imaginations, from the sight of the accidentally made negative mark of burning. Just as water accepts various metamorphosis and forms natural sceneries, the burned mark as an art media will express lost memories in the depth of our mind.


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