The cubed work was completed. Its theme is “spring”, and the color composition was inspired from cherry blossoms blooming on the riverside. I’m sure this beautiful scenery has been going on for tens of thousands of years, and I hope that the season of enjoying for beauty will continue for a long time, so I titled “infinity”. I’m probably planning to make a summer / autumn / winter version with different designs and colors:)
Today I did an installation of the paintings at the cafe. Every time I install them, I feel that deciding the arrangement of the pictures and adjusting the intervals are difficult tasks. But also I’m happy if I manage to fit it in the space. And today I unpacked the biggest work, resonance, for the first time in a while, but I also found a small mineral pigment peeling off. Very shocking. I’m going to make an emergency repair tomorrow, but I still have to research how to handle new materials and compatibility between painting materials once again in preparation for the future.
Finally Temari was completed, I uploaded them at the gallery in this site. I likened temari’s sphere to the earth, and a migratory fish is swimming on the surface of it. For me, this fish is a symbol of the freedom because there’re many inconveniences nowadays…lol. I gave auspicious words as a subtitle to each work in the hope that fortune will come to those who take it in one’s hand. The starting date of the exhibition was decided on 17th February, I’ll exhibit them at that time. If you’ll come to see actually, I’d be happy 😊
Today I received a package from my mom. I begged her to send me coasters she made using fragments of kimono, because I wanna exhibit my latest work “temari” made by Japanese painting materials with her coasters. Although temari doesn’t complete yet, the combination of them is so cute 🥰 I’ll do my best till it’s completed:)
The other day, I redefined the concept and submitted it to the church event manager along with the CV and portfolios of the three participating artists. I hope this group exhibition progresses well. The redefined concept is below. → I have been thinking about the role of art in society for a long time. In ancient times, there was a close relationship between religion and painting, and then idylic paintings that reflected beautiful landscapes and people’s lives, as well as paintings on the subject of social satire and war praise were born. Thus, the role required of art has changed with the changing times. So what kind of era are we in now? Perhaps, comparing to the past, we live in a situation that is very complex, difficult to grasp entireness, and difficult to determine what is true. In addition to these situations, the constant occurrence of various events creates negative emotions such as anxiety, fear, and dissatisfaction within individuals, which spread to society as a whole and are stagnant and accumulating. So how can we reduce or eliminate those negatives? We think that it is an individual’s circulation of feelings caused by positive consciousness in yourself. In our group exhibition, each artist creates and presents works on the theme of positive things that we want to circulate in this society, and proposes them to observers. Whenever an individual has a positive consciousness and circulates within himself / herself, it has a positive effect on those who are close to them. And it will expand further like the spread of ripples. It is important to improve society by changing big things such as politics and law, but it should be possible to improve society by changing small units such as individual consciousness. We believe that it is the role of art needed in this era to make a positive wave on people’s consciousness.
Previously as I wrote on this post, now I’m making sphere’s works. Since I’ve been living in Germany, rather I’m strongly aware of how unique, elaborate and beautiful Japanese culture and traditional art are. Therefore, I wanted to make the sphere’s works with a stronger Japanese element, so I decided to draw a Temari pattern. The real thing of Temari is embroidery, but i challenge to make it with Japanese painting materials. I expect to exhibit it at following exhibition, I have to do my best:)
I got used to the new apartment, and I started to make new works which are illustration and Japanese painting sized 80x 120 cm in progress simultaneously. This is my first time to use a canvas for oil painting. Usually, Japanese painting is made by sticking paper or cloth on a wooden board and drawing on it. Perhaps because the solvent for Japanese painting is water, woods that easily absorb water are useful. But large wooden boards are custom or handmade as it is difficult to obtain ready-made products in Germany. I wanted to make a wooden board on my own, but I don’t have any tools, so this time I chose a canvas that can be easily purchased. Probably it’ll be okay because the air in Germany is very dry. I’ll do everything flexibly:)
I could make all documents for applying a visa. A lot of documents is required for a freelance visa, so I took much time to make it. At last I’ll apply it next Tuesday. Hope I can get a visa smoothly. And now I’m searching a next apartment. Also hope I can find it well:)
Probably the most important thing in getting visa is to gain recommendation letters from a local in Germany that promises me future job. I ask two gallerists I met last year and friends of artist to write it now. Eg, “I want her to stay here longer because I wanna work with her “, etc:) I really appreciate their cooperation even though everyone is busy. I still continue to make the necessary documents, (I am not good at paper works though).
I made a cover letter attached with CV. In the cover letter, I write a specific plan, and my policy as an artist. Recently, I’ve finally come to understand what is called self management. When I was an office worker, I got a monthly salary when I was just doing the job given by bosses, but now I can’t. However, I rather enjoy my current job of finding what I want to do and realizing it. I am planning to collaborate with various things if the wooden craft art work currently being produced is successful. For example, wooden musical instruments and furniture. I want to collaborate with a German craftsman one day:)