Can you tell us about your background?
I have always had an interest and admiration for Japanese craftsmanship since I was a child. Initially, I decided to study Japanese traditional wood carving in Kyoto. I was very keen to hone my skills but at the same time, I started looking for a different way to express my work and develop new, creative insights. After completing my studies, I decided to move to London in 2011 to explore the cultural diversity, values and to forge a new creative path. I enrolled at the Chelsea College of Arts where I gained BA and MA degrees in Textile Design.
Can you tell us more about the piece selected by Révélations?
Columbidae was created before the pandemic, and I did not have the opportunity to exhibit the piece at a public event. It is an incredible feeling to realise that my work will be placed at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, one of the most iconic buildings not only in France but the world.
The work was inspired by pigeons, which reflect our peaceful and ordinary life. The beauty of these birds is often overlooked and they tend to be regarded as a nuisance. However, if you observe them closely, you will see their beautiful colours, as well as the movement and smooth texture of their feathers which have the lightness, fluidity, flexibility and delicacy like paper. I try to express their elegant shapes and depth of their colours from a sheet of paper by incorporating acrylic painting, Kakishibu (lacquer made from the Japanese fruit, persimmons) and laser cutting as well as invisible stitching. The patterns and forms of the laser cutting are based on my drawings and photographs from my research. I also use a double-sided glass frame to catch light more effectively. When the light goes through the object, the sculpture gets some interesting effects as if it’s weightless, see-through and floating in the frame.