My favorite motif is a box, or more specifically, a box as a container. It contains a world inside that is separated from the outside world. The possibilities of the inside world are unlimited. I like that the box can overflow with my imagination. When I was a child, my mother bought me “a stage for puppet plays”. I was crazy about this small wooden stage. It was just an ordinary stage, but I could do anything I wanted on it and as much as I wanted. Only imagination was needed. It may have triggered my first interest in a box. I also liked to think about titles for stories. I wrote down a list of titles. When one of these touched my imagination and made it fly, I wrote a story. Then I’d make a picture book, a theme song, puppets for the characters, and then I played it on the stage. There was no audience. I played it for myself. But sometimes I secretly tape-recorded the play. Or I placed my picture book in the library of the class. Since those days, I’ve developed other amusements like looking out the window of a train and seeing the city of Tokyo; numerous houses, apartments, buildings… a city is a mass of boxes. Each of these boxes has a window and beyond each window a stranger’s life exists. Innumerable stories are going on there. The fact that the city actually exists can overwhelm me- it’s not imaginary. The interesting point for me is that I still do the same thing. We are all living only one precious moment. There are numberless, subtle yet different feelings we possess but cannot express by words. Various feelings, memories, and thoughts are like a universe that exists inside every person. By introducing one universe to another, endless intertwined stories are happening on this earth right now. And I am living as one of the main characters in one of those stories. This knowledge inspires me with a courage so strong that I can drive all cares away. I create my works with this knowledge. I get motivated by meeting new people and things. I feel then that the universe inside of me expands a little bit more. Then I create more. I make jewelry now. I think that the real jewel is the heart. Like imagination, like the universe, it expands. Eyes are the windows of the endless world inside. Shiny eyes, those touched by the world around them, are the most beautiful gems. I would like to create true jewelry that can penetrate and brighten the eyes of those who see it. I would like to deliver my heart to your heart. I keep creating my jewelry with this idea in mind.
14/11/2018 - 16/11/2018