en / jp
Activity based Tokyo / Paris
B.A in Crafts Osaka University of Arts - Osaka, Japan 2007
M.F.A in Sculpture Tokyo University of the Arts - Tokyo, Japan 2018
M.F.A in Fine Art École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts - Paris, France
Jeune Création 69 - Paris,France Nov.2019
END OF SUMMER - Portland, U.S.A Aug.2018
Who does this world belong to?
Throughout history, people have created new things to give themselves a safer, better life; they've cultivated wild plants, made beasts into cattle, and smelted iron from sand and stone.Today's society is built on the many inventions of our forefathers. However, in this society founded on consumerism, manufacturers are constantly pursuing ever greater profits, wealth is concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people, and the gap between rich and poor is growing. Wealth is increasing in the form of currency. What was at one point a simple means of exchange has now become people's sole purpose in life, and we act like it's immortal. And in today's world, where massive volumes of information and value are transmitted almost instantaneously via the networks stretching around the planet, people spend so much time in unrealistic virtual spaces that they are beginning to forget the reality of life and death. From 13,000 to 2300 years ago, in the era now known as the Jomon period, the economy was based not on trade in currency, but on gifts. As can also be seen in the traditions of the Ainu people, the indigenous inhabitants of northern Japan, the system of gifts was a conversation not just between people, but with the whole world: humanity and nature, humanity and animals, humanity and things. In ancient times, people would use gifts to pay their respects to those they could not see. Even now, while science has evolved, manufacturing has developed, and the way we interact with nature has changed, these practices live on in mythologies and traditions. I believe that for people living in today's world, where the reality of life and death is gradually being lost, this tradition of paying respect to those one cannot see is something we would do well to remember. Perhaps the keys to the many problems facing the modern world are hidden in the ancient knowledge and traditions of those people who lived in a time when the border between people and nature was less well defined. That's why I create art with objects collected from machines and nature, using the psychological reactions people have to these objects.
The main themes of my art are machines, nature, and people. It is important to take neither an anthropocentric approach, nor one that overly relativizes the natural environment, but one that reconsiders the subtle relationships between nature, people, and the technology that supports our society, and makes the environment as ambiguous as possible. I believe that in order to do this, art must utilize not answers, but things likely to generate new understandings about the world.