“The future has an ancient heart.”
My research project investigates Japanese aesthetic values and their relationship with the phenomenological investigations of two philosophers: Kitaro Nishida and Martin Heidegger. I am interested in what happens to our consciousness when we meet the object. This direct and raw experience connects to Nishida’s concept of 'pure experience'.
Through my work, I have explored the materiel nature of paintings as a means to consider the ontology of things and spaces. This project refers to the late Modernist traits found within Minimalism and the Mono-ha movement. I am interested in questioning the essence of a painting by exploring and investigating its constitutional elements, for example, the medium, the surface, the support, the hanging system and how it relates to the installation space.
Robert Ryman called his paintings 'realism', working on painting as objects. I hope to build upon this kind of inquiry.