A discourse of my prints
My previous work was the visualisation of personal experience. I used memories of the past rather than the memories of the present in order to visualise the many faces of life experiences. In other words, I visualised the experiences that remain in my memory even after a long time. However it was too unstable and uncertain. Thus I habitually recorded my experiences in various ways in order to remember the memories of all the experiences because I frequently forget most of the experiences.
The recorded experiences tell me what I should forget and what I should remember as time goes by. This way, my experiences and memories complement each other and my records have a smooth relationship between them.
My early works started with my admiration of cityscape, by way of visualizing the space we live in with a critical point of view. My later works visualise the experiences of everyday life and memories of such places without people.
I had reminded the memories of the past through recorded documentation in a variety of ways like photos, diary, drawings, tickets, receipts, etc. Afterwards, I visualised my memories with the documentation. Most of works flow with emotional aspects due to dealing with the memories of the past. It had been revealed through Aquatint printmaking technique with some expression caused by scratches on the copperplate.
For this reason, I have made my prints look older by some expression caused by scratches which is intentionally made on the copperplate like old film because I tried to illustrate it is like our faded memory quickly. Besides, I wanted to record the journey of my life and it can help me not to repeat past errors.
As to my concept, I had a behind story. This story tells why I am working the prints after taking a picture to continue the idea described above.
Taking a trip abroad before, I had a great time though it was short. I had hundreds of photographs taken to remember the moments and memories.
But the memories have worn out too dim to think 'Did I really visit there?' when I saw the pictures, only to re-combine and re-organize the fragments of them. Those re-designed memories are not clear as well, because of their unreliability. Therefore we record, but we even forget that we record.
The same goes with our life. We can't remember what we did a month ago let alone a year ago, only to know by analogy from records of our credit cards, mobile phone, and so on.
How can we remember that I'm alive now? No matter how happy life I have lived, what does it mean to me even if I can't remember it? But fortunately, I can print to myself. I print the image of the world I live in, though uncertain and unstable; the reason why I talk about what I go through, what I think, what I feel by print lies now, here. (A memo in 2009)