Perhaps I’ll be giving a presentation at the Kunstsalon (a place where artists and musicians present their works and performances) in Neukölln in April. I’ll actually bring some works and explain their origins and production methods, etc. I’ll do my best to be able to show the new work I started making last week. Can’t wait!!
A memorandum of how many processes my art has gone through to completion. 1, Sandpaper on the corner of the material wood. 2, Apply gofun (including Medium) as a base. 3, Paint the base color with mud paint. 4, Think about a rough design. 5,Draw a draft on the actual size paper of the work. 6, Copy the draft on the board with carbon paper. 7, Pilling up the gofun according to the lines of draft. 8, Sprinkle mud paint and mineral pigments over the entire picture to create layers of color. 9,Put silver leaf on a part of work. 10, Rust prevention of silver leaf with dosa. 11, Color the whole with mineral pigments. 12, Draw the edge line with gold mica. Once again, Japanese painting is a making technique that takes a lot of time and effort, but it gives me great joy when it is completed.
Since the direction of my art has changed considerably, I have also renewed the content of my artist statement. It’s on the home screen of this website in German, English and Japanese. previously, I used to think that it was one of the artist’s social roles to pose problems to the world, the environment, and the situation through the message of the work. However, in my case, after the change of state of mind and seeing various phenomena from afar, I realized that appealing something through my work was not what I wanted to do. Right now, I’m just satisfied if observers are moved by my beautiful work 🙂
The work that took about two and a half months has finally been completed! It was fun to make, but at the same time it was really hard. First of all, the picture composition was difficult because I wanted to express how the flow of music spirals upwards from the beginning to the climax. I also paid attention to the color composition so that the painting wouldn’t be heavy even though I used a lot of motifs and colors. This work was born from the idea of how to memorize the energy, realism, and excitement that can be felt from live performances that cannot be felt with recordings or videos. I flatter myself that this work is so beautiful. I’d be happy if the impression of music that I felt at that time was conveyed to those who saw this one.
As I wrote before, I am trying to express the music itself through painting. It’s natural for me to combine European classical music with my Japanese painting (which is becoming a Japanese craft art these days, though). This is because I myself have been studying classical piano since I was a child, and the music that is most familiar to me is classical music. In that sense, this work connects my passion for music and my passion for Japanese culture without Incompatibility. Actually it’s hard work because I’m drawing on both sides of the board again, but I enjoy to make it 🙂
One of my friends taught me that today, November 9th, is the day the Berlin Wall fell (about 30 years ago). I’m living on the former East German side, and maybe because development was slow, it doesn’t feel like an urban, so it’s a good place to live. It’s a very harsh history to be divided into the west and the east in the same country, and I think there were many people who were tossed by a strange fate. It seems that there are still problems, but anyways, it’s a memorable day that they were released from division.
I started to make a new work. On the night I saw Nobuyuki Tsujii’s concert, when I was reminded of the beauty of his sound, the image of the painting came to my mind. I felt that his performance was full of happiness and joy, so hope I can reproduce that euphoria in my work. It’s my first challenge to express music as a painting, and now I’m struggling at the draft stage, but I hope it could be a good work 🙂
Just now I’m in Liverpool, England. Last night, I went to listen to Nobuyuki Tsujii’s long-awaited piano performance. The program was Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”. His play was really fabulous beyond description, but I daresay that his sounds were astonishingly colorful. His timbre was one and only, not a single sound wasted, and the ensemble with the orchestra was great. The 2nd movement of Pathetique Sonata that he played for the encore was so beautiful that I cried. If I have another chance, I definitely want to go to his concert. Once again, I realized that my art is based on music. I’ll continue to create works that fuse music and art.
Finally, my new work was completed. The attempt to draw on both sides of the board was more difficult than I thought. 1mx20cm isn’t that big for one side, but actually it could be a big-sized work for both sides plus a side. Fire and water are opposite elements, but they are essential from the point of view of life. Therefore, the belt part with silver leaf is circling so that the flow of life is connected to both fire and water. In the music ensemble, various instruments gather to play songs and wrap the place with a sense of unity. I got a hint from there and titled it “Ensemble”. There are many conflicting structures in this world, and many of them are fighting under dualism. I think it’d be nice if we could accept conflicting things like an ensemble in the future.