shades of recollection
I was born and grew up in Hiroshima, Japan.
In that city, as children we were made constantly aware of the atomic explosion that had occurred there. The Atomic Bomb Dome, also called the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, one of the world’s most important historical buildings, was an inescapable reminder. On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb detonated over this domed, former exhibition hall, but most of it survived intact. In 1966 the city of Hiroshima decided to preserve the building as a symbol of peace, to remind people how terrible war is, and how worthy peace is. However, the domed building does not look like a symbol or reminder of peace at all. It is fearsome and inspires dread. In my childhood and still now, it reminds me of death.
I am interested in making images that juxtapose expanses of darkness with
Intense light. The contrast creates a dramatic impact. In my “New Works” series, there is deep and dense shadow on each side of the frame, and bright sunlight in the center. Perspectival lines of buildings seems as if they were stretching to infinity, and melting into the light. Moreover, the texture of the buildings’ facades intensifies these images. Their industrial heaviness can be claustrophobic; their effect is beautiful sculpturally but psychologically oppressive. The effect of this reverse vertigo of looking up into their towering height reminds me of the infinite uncertainties of existence. I am reminded of my uncomfortable relationship with the Atomic Dome of my hometown.