Find me, printmaking, 2015
A particle of dust in the universe
A human is an extremely tiny particle of dust in comparison with the universe. Similarly, it means we could be just one pixel in a digital world. Of course, the size of dust depends on the standard of size. Likewise, the size of a pixel is not to be measured physically in digital. One pixel is just one datum. It is still one pixel, even if it has sizes like 5x5mm or 50cm x 50cm. It just appears larger to my eyes.
Then, how can I make one pixel in reality? In the beginning of the research period, I made a shark by using many 1cm square pieces per pixel, although these 1cm squares are one of the standardisations made by humans. After this, I have made something by using many 5mm square pieces. As for the pixel image, it needs minimum pixels to become distinguished. For instance, to distinguish an image of a person, a minimum of twenty pixels in height is needed for it to be recognised by the human eye. In addition, letters of the alphabet should be a minimum of five pixels in height.
Using this minimum number of pixels, the size of the work is not important to create this distinction. If that is the case, then what if I make a huge work with a minimum of pixels? What is the difference between a mosaic made by small pixels and a mosaic made by big pixels? Initially, I made the policeman with a lot of pixels to depict it in great detail. After that, I made a man by using a minimum of pixels whose shape can be distinguished by the human eye. When you observe that at close range, you cannot know for sure, like an abstract painting. On the other hand, you are able to distinguish clearly the shape of people at a distance.
Through this, I have tried to demonstrate the visualisation of faded memory. I have used pixels with low resolution in the eternal digital world to illustrate a faded memory as if the memory of the human in reality is getting more faded as time goes by. In other words, the more time goes on, the more memory fades away and becoming a faded memory is like having a low resolution in digital.
Such attempts made me develop to create a new representation. These works were such an ambiguous boundary whether it is an abstract print or representational print. This also demolished the restrictions on the size and the frame.
Such attempts made me enhance for new representation. These works were so an ambiguous boundary whether it is an abstract print or representational print. This also demolished the restrictions on the size and the frame.
For example, I made three hundred people and I hung up those on the notice board side by side. Then I randomly placed 300 people in, so the space between people also became artwork. Through this arrangement of people, the size of my work was flexible according to the space.
Anonymous without the background
I have tried to express these people as a mosaic. I had to make a decision with respect to the background in order to produce a mosaic work. Eventually, I chose a different way to prevent it being a typical mosaic art or pixel art. That was to erase the background.
This attempt was inspired from a film, called Dogville . I tried to represent people in the absence of a background such as actors acting as if there is a building, where there are not any buildings. Likewise, I was inspired by a picture which is about destroyed buildings by military conflict.