In my art practice, I am trying to reveal how ossified faith that humanity has made in society is vulnerable and fragile. Having a doubt about the practical/useful structures that are currently valid in a contemporary society like daily objects and furniture we use, and buildings we live in, I use a wide variety of materials that are considered to be of low value and objects that lost their original uses and values. I reconfigure and modify them to question how we relate to the artificial material world surrounding us that is familiar to us.
 Through immersive-installations, I explore potential aspects of the antagonist within constructed current man-made structures (like daily-objects, buildings, value-systems, beliefs) which form dominant trends of understanding across societies.

These artificial structures, created by humanity for humanity have an explicit role in creating ‘convenient’ modes in human-life, which I believe it is just part of circulation with the possibility to collapse anytime. They are surrounding me right now have been made to make human life well organized for efficiency now, but they cannot exist in the future, as technology continues to develop and the human lifestyle continues to change. I have experienced a lot of stuff and buildings being abandoned and replaced as technology has progressed from the past to the present. There is no such thing that is fixed or completed and everything is in a kind of process. I believe that the beliefs that are now valid will one day collapse and it is just one of the states in the process which is circulative, not the ultimate death.
Furthermore, as has been witnessed many times throughout history, society has repeatedly experienced a multitude of forms of developments and collapses such as the industrial revolution, war, virus, environmental issues, etc. The ‘push/pull’ symbiotic- relationship that exists between the past and the future, demonstrates the inevitable need for the continued collapsing of systems and structures.

Under my thought of this, I feel the fear which comes from the truth of the inevitable death of my body. I live with a limited body in this earthly circumstance, and I live with the limited knowledge and can feel that I am dying every day; dropping dead skin cells from my body, just like buildings collapsing, and objects being thrown away. I am afraid of death and collapse, but still try to live, remaining hopeful. 

In this circumstance, I react to things that were some parts of the whole body of useful structures but now broken and abandoned. The reason why I keep concentrate on such materials is that I want to find the next possibilities in them, getting away from the value in value systems of civilized contemporary society that are made by and for humans. Fast-changing human civilization controls my vision and thinking of living a limited life. I imagine before and after civilization, and I try to find out the more primal reason for the existence and the value of life. So I recycle things which have lost their value in society from my artificial surroundings. They are usually humble materials or broken objects and sometimes my previous work’s remnants. They are in the state that has lost their original purpose and practicality. My interest in abandoned artifact has continued from small daily objects to furniture and is expanding to building and bigger structures.

I do an installation using them with the belief that life is circulative. So my works have mass, yet have repetitive/circular movement both types of physical and conceptual. By adding the movement, I try to make metaphors for life; life as the futile, limited, and temporary moments.  Because of my idea on death and hope, my works are always placed in a state of perpetual process or cycle while avoiding completion, like a ritual practice.

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