2016年7月12日火曜日


Artist BO-JW








This young artist named herself “BOJW” meaning the hope of Japan and the world. She has been influenced by three dimensional art. She creates artworks related to Japanese culture and tradition now.



Can you tell me your carrier background and details of work?


I mainly create three dimensional arts as an artist, and it is specifically called “installation” changing the space. You can usually see it when you go to the outdoor sculpture exhibit.

I was not so into planar art but I wanted to work on something rather than paint or sculpture.

The word of “installation” itself has not completely fit into my value yet, so I am still seeking what really I do want to create.

As for installation, I always check space of the venue since my piece and the space collaborate together and become one new art.



I grew up in Sakurakawa city, Iabaraki where stones are famous for. There are stone sculpture exhibits every year (http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/amabiki/. Many of the famous sculptors move there to live in.

When I was in the elementary school, some of the sculptors got together and opened the exhibit. I was very impressed by their pieces standing in the middle of the rice field. All the pieces somehow fit into the nature even though they set them unexpected places. It completely changed my boring life in the countryside, and I just wanted to do something like this exciting work. It made me visit sculptors group called “RA” for the first time. I met my master there.



Ever since then, I assisted my master for her exhibition and attended meetings of the adults.  I was able to learn professional level of arts very close. My parents took me to the museums so I was in the well-endowed environment of arts.



I went to the high school located in Toride, Ibaraki taking about two and half hours in one way to study in the art department. At that time, I believed that passing the examination of art college makes all of the future of mine. In the high school, all they taught me was flat design and graphic design but not the three dimensional arts. It was completely disappointing and I lost my motivation to go there.

I ended up not going to the college but continued creating arts myself. I got an offer from an architect studio through the outdoor exhibit and trained as a member of society.

It is sometimes hard to live as an artist, but I want to cleave what I love. I learned this strong purposefulness by my life other than arts in teens.





What is the message in your arts and the main target of the audience?


I want to create something makes people in 50s happy like my parents. If my mother does not understand my art, it would not be possible for others. Therefore, I want to entertain her first through my arts.



As a theme, I am thinking about how to express “issues that we should not let slip.” It must be different for the audience to get these issues from the text or the arts. My arts have completely different atmosphere in the bright side and dark side.

Specifically, social issues and Japanese traditional cultures are the main theme. As for the Japanese traditional culture, there are festivals and sideshow acts. For example, Japanese service policy is often excessive, but I describe it sarcastically but not in judicial tone.

To get ideas of the artworks, I often observe silent people and receive inspiration from them.



The other target is people in 30s who are the same age as mine. I guess they are in the very busy life style and there are many things that they miss out, so I want them to come to a stand and realize all the things happening around them sometimes.

There are many people who think they are useless and cannot do what they really want to do. I want to send a message “You should do whatever you want to do” through my arts.



The image of my arts is “a secret tool of Doraemon.” Doraemon has many tools not only for convenient purpose but for fun and entertainment purpose as well to make everyone happy. I want to create arts like “If there were・・・, I could ・・・.”



There is a strong flow of energy as if you were a child in your artworks. Where does this come from?


Probably it came from my childhood influence. I am just expressing something I felt when I was a little. I had seen many of striking arts and I wanted to express passion for a long time.

 

What do you think about the contemporary arts and what are the issues in there?


Because of emergence of “Hetauma” (unartful but captivating in some way), there are artworks which do not need to include proficient skills like Japanese traditional art crafts. It will be very important for each of us to value arts based on our criteria not others.




The youth artists tend to crump up together so that they can send out strong messages through SNS. They have a very active communication style. Sometimes, they only show their artworks through internets.

On the other hand, there are artists who want to show audience colors and details thorough looking at the real ones. There are more artists but only a few places for the exhibitions. Youth artists are struggling about these issues.



Japanese people do not go to the museums often unless they really love it. If there were a custom celebrating an art prize like Turner Prize in England, it will be great. Since there are many artworks which are difficult to understand by visual effects, people would not want to get close to them. On the bright side, there are lines of people when there are famous exhibitions in the museums. That means they are interested in arts in some points. We, artist, should create something more understandable for the audience.





What would you like to do after three years?


I would like to work on a huge installation in outdoor. I want to create more Japanese style artworks as well. For example, I got an inspiration from Hanawa which is usually seen in pachinko store. Then I made it for a miniature size so that people can write a message on it and give it together with gifts. I wanted to incorporate Hanawa into our daily life.

 

What do you want people from overseas to feel when they see your artworks?


It would be great if they can recognize there are many Japanese customs. Japanese people have an obsession with celebration. So people from overseas can laugh about it.

I want them to know there are unseen deep feelings, votive customs, and invocations of Japanese people through my artworks.

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