Standing still, breathing in the
afters and before.
Adding up to form a
step in between, another me,
myself, just one.
I have stopped.
This piece not only focuses on myself but an image I just happened to pass by every day. A constant reminder of where I once was to where I’ve been. Being able to see the path that the after and before images of myself take over while I watch gives an oversight of repetition. During my time as an artist, I feel that the stress of daily life have taken over me. I try to remind myself of who I am and what I represent. Always come right back here, not being able to answer but always hoping to find the answer soon. Out of all the struggles I’ve had to go through this idea of self identity is the real road block for me. I look back and forth to find an answer in my past actions and what might be my future actions, hoping to cure myself of my own sickness. I guess the older you grow the more enlightened you get. Never understood that until now, in a time where everything I read is taken word to word and every message is understood. I think these questions I have of myself are the real motivators to my success and drive in life. Questions that can’t be answered but found some day.
-What works and artists did you research while creating this piece?
Work: “My Thin-Aired Room” 1956 by Kansuke Yamamoto
-What specific areas of those artists’ styles are you adapting/gathering inspiration from?
Surrealism, Pictorialism, Poetry, and Conceptualism.
-How was this form originally accomplished? What techniques did you have to modify for your production?
It was taken on an old instant camera given to me by my grandmother and manipulated traditionally with the help of some modern techniques. Modifying each other framed picture, cutting it out one by one and scanning it over and over and cleaned up with Photoshop.
-What location/setting within the Tokyo Metropolitan area did you research? What drew you to that area?
Aichi Prefecture; Nagoya. Most of the work being placed was surrealism and half of it seemed grim and dark which is what drew my eye. The meaning behind most of them is what kept me around to the idea of making a surrealist piece.
-How was that location incorporated into your piece?
I believe that my piece carries some interest into my own well being and introduces the world that is outside of normal boundaries. It’s a place of being where talking about yourself is sometimes given in just one image and interpreted in many. Many of the work in Nagoya came off this way and I believe that’s what makes my work relatable to the area I researched in.