Following the end of my ceramic practice and production in 2007, I began to take a slow and small step into the realm of Fine Art. I realised that art, whatever its form, was a perfect tool to capture the fleeting moment and express what is in my mind at the very moment.
My personal encounter in 1995 with a particular North American Native culture and its history led to successive travels to the related lands, and over the decades have been a quiet, yet powerful influence on my life and work.
I witnessed the passage of time with close attention and feeling wherever I went. Life, often unpredictable and uncontrollable, is full of mystical forces and surprises.
The cycle of time always permeates me, even in my everyday life in London, where I have lived since leaving Japan.
My experiences have helped me form an art vocabulary of my own, which I use in my work to convey layers of emotions and a sense of survival.
Summer 2016, Japan
In the summer of 2016, I visited Japan and stayed with relatives in a small city called Tochigi about 1 to 2 hours north of Tokyo. Although I spent every summer there as a child, after 31 years absence I thought I would feel like an alien but I noticed the gap of time quickly disappearing as I walked along the River Uzuma ; memories of walking with my late grandmother, koi carps still swimming just like the old days.
It was during one such walk on a hot summer’s day that I stumbled upon a charming gallery-like shop on the high street called Moro Craft, 10-3 Yamato-cho, Tochigi-shi, Tochigi-ken 328-0037. Warmly welcomed by Mr. Moro, the owner, I stepped in to discover the place was a treasure-trove of old and new, everyday goods and objects created by artists. The space is converted from an original ‘Kura’ – old black and white storage buildings which the city is renowned for.
If you have a chance to go there, please say hello to Mr. Moro for me!
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