Bronze Prize

It is very pleasant time when I look into a black box filled with corrosion liquid that changes a surface of a copperplate toward my image. A possibility of getting to a completion work with first printing is very low.

After first printing, in order to bring close to my image, trial printing and drawing are repeated. For me etching is a medium to expand my expression.  I am fascinated with the intense feeling of a substance, and beautiful material. The process of etching gives me accidental meetings with new discovery and stimulates enthusiasm for expression, exceeding my intention. Etching has variety of appearance of surface; sometime it is a wasteland, sometime it is velvet with a good gloss. Etching has been suitable way for me and series of 霏霏 (hi hi) is developed especially in recent years. 

The title doesn’t mean the motif directly. The word “霏霏” (hi hi) means that rain or snow fall deeply and continuously, while my work comes from image of plants. I’m always under the environment surrounded by plants since my childhood. Life of plants is long and it never ends by nature laws. I’m moved by wonders of nature. The quiet life of plants is the key that makes an infinite image to me.