Drawing Counterpoint Vol.1 (Pithecanthropus Erectus), Sumi, acrylic paint, teared paper, stamp (CANTO by Dante), string, and patterned paper on Japanese paper with star-shaped box and Demon’s head made by origami, 60 x 60 cm (approx)
Shortly after the outbreak of COVID-19, I decided to tackle with “The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno” by Dante, which was from my speculation that the current situation in the world would share the view depicted in the novel.
《赞美愚蠢》水墨，丙烯酸涂料，油脂铅笔，光泽剂，印章（但丁的《神曲》），用日本香棒烧过的纸，一年生银草，日本纸 60x55cm 2020
In Praise of Folly, Sumi, acrylic paint, grease pencil, gloss medium, stamp (CANTO by Dante), burned paper with Japanese incense sticks and maiden silver grass on Japanese paper, 60 x 55 cm, 2020
In this portfolio, I tried to extract timeless elements from the novel and amalgamate these with my visual language. Perceptional gaps exist because, for understanding the stanza, there are many gaps between me and Dante; gaps exist in cultural, educational, geographical and historical levels, to name a few. Therefore this drawing visualizes breaking and reconstructing “The Divine Comedy” from the perspective of myself as an artist living in the 21st century right now.
I grew up in a basin surrounded by mountains in Japan. In my childhood’s eyes, the mountain ridges were lines, which seemed to be in a state of flux resulted from shines, overlapping clouds, landslides, colours and transitional density of the trees in four seasons. Through these observations, I nurtured my sense that the world consists of ever-changing lines. I did my MA degree at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London in 2015. During my study at the RCA with a bursary, I was awarded Grand Prize from René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking (Brussels, Belgium) (Please refer https://www.mu-inthecity.com/carcan-distribue-ses-prix ). Upon graduating from the RCA, I was given Gwen May Prize from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in the UK and selected as an associate fellow from 2015 to 2017. And, in 2018, I participated in a residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center USA as a printmaking fellow.