General artist statement
Our works are living: they emit the vibration of chi [気] (circulating spiritual energy).
To approach creation, we seek to play in the realm that cannot be understood by the logical mind and to connect with those who don’t have a voice: objects from the surroundings, plants, animals, the sky, the breeze, the deceased, and spirits.
During this process, time and space diffuse. I enter a mind state of mushin [無心] (empty consciousness within infinity), surrendering all creative impulses to my kan [感] (feeling, passion, impression, intuition, perception, touch, reception).
Every so often I’m unsure of myself and I don’t see a path before me: perhaps it’s this darkness that leads to something unexpected, startling. Certainly there is no certainty!
We make a small world for the big world. With an abundance of words and opinions, time in the big world moves faster and faster. Everything is pressing, which gives the impression that the time we have to feel and reflect is diminishing, causing an atrophy of inner sensitivity.
But inside the big world, there are uncountable worlds. There is dust in air, floating across beams of light. Because of this light, we can observe the flow of time through dust and through its movement.
Time is one of our main materials. Whether the work is animated or still, it is the essential component. In the small world, we use a blend of past and future to make a waking present.
You are invited inside our small world.
This is the place of infinite nothingness. Here, there’s no light, no shape, no color.
Suddenly, a teeming multidirectional force, emanating from the source of universal desire for life, which creates, breaks through.
Invisible substances form visible shapes, interacting with the environment. Some turn physically solid and others float immaterially. They fluctuate, divide, and reform. The inside is coming to the outside. Multiplying and expanding, it brims with an unpredictable fertility which will take it far beyond the characteristics of its identity.
Swept along, we see new masses of substance and interesting peculiar life forms. We just begin to contemplate this unpredictable phenomena; then we meet and become the phenomenon itself.
All parts of the universe belong to one long thread which interweaves us all. Within the net of events and time, we constantly extend, contract, touch, merge with each other in rhizomatic growth. This flow, which extends far beyond the duration of our life span, is palpable.
By activating the senses, we tell stories with many protagonists, who often switch roles: now the subject, now the object. They could simply be one cell in one body or might be cluster entities, collectively representing numerous individuals: those who have died and dispersed or the undefinable potentiality of those that have not yet been born.