"Mapping Monuments" -about my work-
I am currently creating works that use imaginary map, monument, tower, or religious
architecture. The theme of this work series is "Irreversible occupancy of faith".
In these works I seek to portray monument as a form of media to preserve
collective memories, or a device to form and maintain communal consciousness.
The monument could be a device used by the founder as a means of propaganda. The more effective the device, the more it is possible to act as a psychological obstacle to a paradigm-shift in people’s perceptions. In short, monument takes root.
Creating imaginary map means making pseudo-history. Also, Designing
fictional monument is setting fictional value system behind its icon as signifié.
The arrangement of the icons on a painting suggests a story of the relations among each monument. Therefore, "the difficulty to fairly evaluate the composition of my painting" can be seen as a miniature version of "the difficulty of interpreting history".
"Even though the origin of a phenomenon was accidental or possibly trivial,
with the passage of time, increasing layers of meaning adhere, finally it takes root
in society as a fait accompli." My interest in this process made me create the works.
I just connect composition of painting(mapping) to human error about fortuity and inevitability. So, I do not intend to make mention of a certain religion or ideology.