Five years since the March 2011 Japan's triple disaster, the problem of radioactive contamination has cast dark "shadows" on Japan. For this exhibition, "Shadows of Crisis" represent the various issues relating to the nuclear crisis of the past, the present, and the future. It offers an opportunity to think about important social complications resulting from the atomic power. It is now more than ever crucial to acknowledge the "shadows" provoked by this crisis.
Kokeshi is a local toy of Tohoku Region (the North-Eastern Parts). Consequently, in this case it expresses the victims of the March 2011 Japan's triple disaster. By evoking the "shadows" of Kokeshi, I want to express the departed spirits of the people who passed away by these catastrophes. Kokeshi and "shadows" represent the body and the soul. The divided "shadows" also suggest the states of mind of the individuals and the communities.
This work is my impression of the current state of Japan. A specter is something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence. As such, the specter of Japan stresses the political and the national ambiguous responsibility behind the radioactive contamination, as it is reaching the whole country of Japan and beyond.
This exhibition explores a new artistic concept: Info Art. As information is becoming more persuasive in everyday lives, and that Art struggles to find its place and purpose among a data-intensive capitalist world, Info Art is an artistic approach in which aesthetic ideas could serve informative purposes and where each artwork can communicate, not only emotions and sensitivities, but also information and social/political messages to help create a more balanced and less conflicted world.
This work is based on the "Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci which I consider an iconic representation of Post-Renaissance Western art, science, and culture. It is also inspired by the artwork "Wisdom, Impression, Sentiment" by Seiki Kuroda, a modern Japanese painter from the early 20th century who promoted Western academism in Japanese art. As a piece of what I call "Info-Art", it aims to highlight and illustrate the effects of radiation in the interior of the human body (in particular within the female body), while at the same time raising questions about information control, (self-)repression of freedom of expression, historical and contemporary sociopolitical and cultural constraints, and self-censorship.
"Limited Truth" brings together various visualizations of nuclear and atomic energy from Japan's postwar history. This series of images foreground Japan's experience of this period through technical, cultural, and aesthetic symbols. Digital processing in the artworks represents how we receive, perceive and process media information and technology, while the analog approach represents the organic reactions of life. With these images, I aim to express the complex relationship between the imaginary, representation and the investigation of the truth.
By illustrating 46 enlarged chromosomal abnormalities caused by radiation, I wish to make visible the world of the inner radiation exposure in an instinctive way. The moment when chromosomes were subject to metamorphosis / propagation was suggested. Every time blood circulates, chromosomes are cut off and are connected again, affected by radioactive material. This symptom is called chromosomal abnormality or aberration, as chromosomes connect erratically, and split repeatedly, causing illness, such as cancers.