“Memory is ambiguous. It overlaps in different dimensions. I’m trying to express the structure of memory.”
Born 1971, Gifu, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
Flotage—Tectonics (2013–2015) was inspired by the sight of wind tracks on snow-shrouded hills. As night fell, the artist recalls, “everything gradually whited out, and shade and shadow seemed to merge like memory, space and time”. Recalling the scene, he was reminded of the ripples on water that betray powerful currents deep below, and of elevation contours on topographical maps, which record similar but far slower movements deep in the earth. If these eddying lines denote the ebb and flow of geological and oceanic “memories”, he thought, perhaps human memories—rising and receding from hidden depths—take similar form. The artist used a computer to transform hand-copied map contours in ways that “brought them closer to the ambiguity of memory”. The resulting patterns of white and silver-grey lines were screen-printed onto acrylic cubes. Assembled into an illuminated wall that seems to float above the floor, they represent his vision of “the tectonics of memory”, our own and Nature’s alike.