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Title: Suffering being Born 3


Media: Wool Fiber

Dimension: 38x20x20 (cm)

This work is one of a series with the theme of suffering.

In this work, I made a sculpture of a newborn baby using wool fibers.

The main sufferings in life that the Buddha preaches are birth, aging, illness, and death.

Birth is blessed by parents and others, so you may be wondering why it is included in suffering. However, if you are not born, you will not experience aging, illness, or death. Being born is the beginning of experiencing suffering.

Besides aging, illness, and death, not being able to get something you want can also cause suffering.

Yet, we live in the hope that only fun and good things will happen in our daily lives. By recognizing that life is more likely to experience suffering, if we can alleviate our desires a little, we may be able to live comfortably.

Title:Navel cord

Year: 2022

Media: Wiire, Fiber

Dimension: 8 x8 x 50 cm 3”x3”x20”

In Japan, there is a custom to keep part of the umbilical cord in a paulownia box as a symbol of the bond between mother and child. The mother supplies nutrients to the fetus through the placenta, and waste products are sent to the mother through the placenta. The placenta and umbilical cord are lifelines for the fetus, and after they have completed their function, they are separated from the uterus and expelled with the baby. It plays a very important role in the birth of new life, but after giving birth, it is thrown away without particular care. It can be said to be a symbol of unconditional love, and I can see the merciful love that Buddha preached there.

Title: Woman 2022

Year: 2022

Media: Wire, Fiber

Dimension: 70 x 12 x 10cm (27”x5”x4”)

In 2018, I created a work titled woman. When I thought about the differences in race and gender, I realized that if we remove the skin and muscles from the human body, we all have the same ivory bones. And when I put long hair on the skeleton, it looked like a woman to me. I was surprised that I myself have a fixed idea that I have cultivated over many years. This time, after weaving the shape of the skeleton with wire, I planted each hair on the scalp. People who see this work will think that it is a female skeleton from the title and appearance. We feel like we are seeing the real picture as it is, but we are often influenced by things like prejudices that our brain derives from experience. Recognizing this will lead to awareness of various contradictions in modern society, and will lead to the realization of a better society.

Title: Leftover 2021

Year: 2021

Media: Silk Gauze, Goose Down, Hair Extension

Size: 22”H x 13”W x 4”D, 55 x 32 x 10 (cm)

Inspiration for Leftover

I observed a dead bird. The bird lost its shape in four or five days, leaving only bones and feathers at the end. These skulls, hairs and feathers are metaphors of the impermanence and insubstantiality of all life.

Immediately after we die, our bodies begin to decompose. However, if left without cremation, hair and bones will remain. Bones can sometimes be found in burial mounds that are more than 1,000 years old. No matter how rich, how smart, or how beautiful we are, we can only leave ourselves with hair and bones.

There is nothing we can protect forever, so why do we work recklessly, discriminate against others, and go crazy for money? I hope that the desire to leave something behind in this world will be directed to activities that will make the world a better place for the next generation.

Process behind Leftover

Since nature itself is cyclical, I incorporate the idea of reuse, regeneration and recycling.

This work recreates the theme of my previous work, "Leftover", and was made using materials I used last time: silk gauze, reused hair extensions, and goose down from old duvets found at home.

Casting a plastic skull, I made three silk gauze skulls. It is the same method as when making papier-mâché. This time, I planted hair on the skulls' heads and the small chunks of goose down were pierced by hairs. I connected three skulls with a braid at the tip of their hair.

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