Oakland, CA (Japanese)
My art practice is a way of measuring distances between myself and things that are unacceptable. I try to define myself by examining what I hate, what I feel uncomfortable with, and what I do not understand. Dealing with those "unacceptable" elements as significant constituents of my world, I try to integrate them with other "pleasurable" elements to render my world more coherent and balanced. This is my search for order, which is so often vulnerable to the power of chaos in our society. Just as a refrain or ritornello in music develops through the course of a composition and gives it unity, I use order as a regulatory framework to make my position visible in relation to that of my subject matter. In the search for order, my work functions like a machine. This hidden undercurrent shows how the viewers and I play our roles in the condition of our contemporary life.