Duodji boazováris | Duodji from Mt. Reindeer
Since 2003, I have been to a small village called Máze in Finmark of Norway three times, where Scandinavian indigenous Sami people live. While I have talked with Sami people friends over 10 years, I felt their esthetics that they cooperate with nature; they borrow things from nature and give them back. That has influenced my woodcut to be used natural soil and solid wood for borrowing their color and shape.
The series "Duodji boazováris" is reduction woodcuts using soils as colors which I picked up from ground. And they are themed on 10 words from interviews at Máze about Sami handicraft called Duodji, that is strongly related to traditional reindeer herding. I record the words because Duodji is becoming the things of the past but represents wisdom of life with reindeer and nature. That tells us the way to act in extreme environment.
Gallery PARC, Kyoto, Japan / August 30 - September 14, 2014
Tenoma, Fukuoka, Japan / April 24 - May 10, 2015