Dialogue avec l'invisible
Project info

The title is also a homage to “Dialogue avec le visible”, a masterpiece by René Huyghe of the Louvre museum. Photographs are visual representations like paintings. But the artist uses visual means to express everything, not just visible things. What will visible deliver to you?

Since I was a junior high school student, I learned art from a sculptor and I was interested in sculpture by Alberto Giacometti. In his works, the work and the space containing it are closely sharing the existence. I wanted to grasp the relationship between existence and space simultaneously like a sculptor. If there is white paper at the beginning, it looks like there is nothing expressed. However, at the moment when a black line is drawn, it was none existence, but will appear as a white presence. In Japanese calligraphy it is established with the beauty of both black ink trace and white paper margin drawn. By being conscious of both visible and invisible, you can know the real existence.

After graduating from Musashino Art University, I became an arts and crafts teacher at a public elementary school. When I was a child I was abused by my parents and I lost hope of living. During 38 years I lived as an art teacher, and I lived to be considerate of children's feelings. I would like to express such wishes of my life in my photographs. When I was a child whisper words saved me from the desperation of my life. I would like to deliver such a whisper to someone who suffers in this society. I wish for quiet sympathy to arrive.

My artistic approach consists of three parts. There are painting, sculpture, and Japanese traditional art. My way of capturing the light is more painting than being photographic. Sculptors are listening to the dialogue between works and space. I would like to listen to the dialogue between the visible and invisible, like a sculptor. Therefore, my expression does not seek the beauty of the gray tone. It is important that the existence of white and the existence of black increase each other's existence. And Japanese traditional art is sensitive to tactile sensation. These are my important expression techniques in my photography.