Collaboration



①  Your mother taught you to “fight with yourself” but why have these words made you so resolute? These words really impressed me. Starting from the day I heard them they have become my support. The images in my mind take shape from the tip of the brush. Everytime I create a new piece of art I get extremely nitpicker and this greatly influences the undulation of my strokes. In this fight with myself, every day I concentrate to reach the best result.



②  I see that dragons are often the subject of your works. Why? What made you decide to draw a new dragon every day? At that time I was participating in a group work and the theme for our project was “Movement”. The people working at this project with me were photographers, calligraphers and dancers. That is why I thought that drawing 100 dragons for 100 days would have been the best way to show how heart feelings change everyday. I represented heart invisible feelings through invisible dragons. I didn`t draw them with ink but with water. Now that the water has dried they disappeared but they are still there, on the paper.



③  Is there a brush or a theme that is particularly dear to you? No there isn't but I really like the fine-pointed brush I was talking about before. It can draw lines fine as hairs but also vigorous, large ones. I love to paint in the morning. In the morning emotions are pure and if I seat in front of the paper I immediately feel like I already know what to draw. I don't draw when I have to do it. I draw when I should. Even when my clients ask me to hurry, I draw when I feel it is a good moment to do it. (laugh)



④  What is the message you want to send with you pieces of art? Do you mean the meaning of my pictures of warriors? There was a inherent beauty in the Japan of the past. Japanese swords in the first place, other weapons and armors but also warrios' high-minded behavior, gestures that can be expressed with the Japanese word “zanshin”. Warriors served their feudal lords and defended their castle but at the same time they also invaded enemy's fortresses. I filled my works with warriors' feelings of tension and resolution.