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The " Narcissus " will be exhibited.

Group Exhibition
The Fools
March 4-18, 2017
Gallery YUKI-SIS

Close on Sun. Mon.
12:00-19:00
Nihonbashi Xio Lou #202, 3-2-12, Nihonbashi Honcho, Chuoh-ku, Tokyo

★ 5thAniversary & Closing Party
March 18, 18:00- 

The Process / Make Flowers

The " Narcissus "

January 2017

Publication

Anatomy Rocks: Flesh and bones in contemporary art

Rodolphe Lachat

October 18, 2016
Cernunnos

The Process / After

The " Sunflower "

June - September 2016

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth " Sunflower " >>

about the "NO-BANA (Brain Flowers)"

June 2016

The two series, "Honebana (bone flowers)" and "No-bana (brain flowers)", constitute my representation of the two sides, the front and the flip sides, of the same theme - flower. That is to say, "Honebana" is the series achieved by approaching the theme from the natural side, while "No-bana", from the approach of artificial environment.
So long as we have bodies, we are unable to escape from death. To me "flower" means the "beauty that transcends time" and the "stories of each of us human beings which transcend our physical bodies."

Solo Exhibition 2015, NO-BANA (Brain Flowers) >>

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth

The " Camellia "

April 12, 2016

The Process / Leave Images "Camellia" >>
The Process / Make Flowers "Camellia" >>

Group Exhibition

UFO has arrived at YUKI-SIS

March 12-26, 2016
Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo

The "NO-DAMA (Brain Ball)" was exhibited.

UFO has arrived at YUKI-SIS
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NO-DAMA (Brain Ball) / Existence
2016
Acrylic, Lamb brain, Thermoplastic elastomers, Formalin solution, Stainless steel
6.2×6.2×105cm

TV Show

ART is AHO!#14

February 26, 2016
Fuji Television, JP

THIS IS MEDIA - article >>
ART is AHO!#4, 2013 >>

Online Gallery

The Artling

February- 2016

Art Fair

FINE ART ASIA

October 3-7, 2015
Hong Kong

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth

The " Sunflower "

September 22, 2015

The Process / After " Sunflower " >>

Art Fair

ART FAIR ASIA / FUKUOKA 2015

September4-6, 2015
Fukuoka JP

Solo Exhibition

NO-BANA (Brain Flowers)

May 30-June, 2015
LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo

2015 SOLO EXHIBITION 2015 SOLO EXHIBITION 2015 SOLO EXHIBITION 2015 SOLO EXHIBITION freezer freezer freezer
Brain Flowers

Rosa#01 ‘Brillante’, 2015

Brain Flowers

Rosa#02 ‘Samourai’, 2015

Brain Flowers

Rosa#03 ‘Orange Chance’, 2015

Brain Flowers

Rosa#04 ‘Rhodos’, 2015

Brain Flowers

Rosa#05 ‘Lilli Marlene’, 2015

Brain Flowers

Rosa#06 ‘Yukacup’, 2015

2015 SOLO EXHIBITION 2015 SOLO EXHIBITION

NO-BANA (Brain Flowers) / Rosa
2015
Lamb brain, Glycerin, Gel medium, Freezer, Stainless steel, Acrylic, Baby powder, Wood

#01 ‘Brillante’ 7.5×7.5×6cm
#02 ‘Samourai’ 9×10×6.5cm
#03 ‘Orange Chance’ 9×10×6.5cm
#04 ‘Rhodos’ 7.5×7.5×4.5cm
#05 ‘Lilli Marlene’ 14×18×7cm
#06 ‘Yukacup’ 10×10.5×7cm
Freezer size 40.5×55.5×79cm

by FUCO UEDA

Illustration : Fuco Ueda

about the "NO-BANA (Brain Flowers)" >>
ARTIST DATABASE - Exhibition information>>
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Group Exhibition

Animals revived in Art

May 11-17, 2015
Istean Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo

The Process / Leave Images

The " Reeves spirea "

May, 2015

Group Exhibition

Art exhibition with bones

April 15-21, 2015
Istean Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

LOST ANIMALS II / The Group Show

January 16-February 14, 2015
Gallery Art Composition, Tokyo

The Process / Leave Images

The " Chinese lantern plant "

January, 2015

The Process / Make Flowers "Chinese lantern plant" >>

MERRY

Shinjuku Tower Records

December 22, 2014 - January 5, 2015

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Album Cover Artwork

MERRY - NOnsenSe MARkeT

December 24, 2014

Loud rock portal site >>

Group Exhibition

The Fools ⇔ Great Artists

November 8-22, 2014
Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo

The " Sunflower " was exhibited.

Photography

by Arjan Schuitman

August 2, 2014

Group Exhibition

ReSTART

October 12-26, 2013
Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo

The " Fragrant olive " was exhibited.

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth

The " Dandelion "

August 28, 2013

The Process / Leave Images "Dandelion" >>
The Process / Make Flowers "Dandelion" >>

News Website

Wired.co.uk

July 31, 2013
by Liat Clark

Group Exhibition

Esperanto

July 13-22, 2013
Bunkamura Box Gallery, Tokyo

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The Process / Make Flowers

The " Chinese lantern plant "

June, 2013

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Interview 2

June, 2013

Q, What motivated me to begin the project

One morning 9 years ago, I found a dead raccoon dog that was hit by a car on the street. It happened about this time, I had just finished to read a book about anatomicalscience. This book was very unique and interesting for me. I just wanted to take the bone out like this book. I was very scared, could not touch it with my bare hands, but took out the dead body to my place.
I laid it down at bathroom. The book said, "First of all, put the knife to stomach". But I couldn't. Because I had suspicions abouthis death -I guessed he still alive.
Of course the body was cold, didn't breathe, and had no pulse. However I couldn't wipe my imagination about that he just lost consciousness. If I get 100 percent credit, I can't cut deeply into the body. My imagination was horrible - minute I cut the body come back to life and run around my room.

For me, who born and brought up an urban life in Japan, the dead body was seen at science laboratory, museum, butcher's shop or fish store. At these place, someone judge if they dead or not. When my bird dead in my home, my parents told me she is dead. I didn't need to judge anything if it is dead or not.
So many things happened in my life, but for the first time I realized that I didn't have any experience to judge of the life. Also I was surprised myself I didn't know he is dead or alive.
It was very shocking phenomenon for me. I don't know the death, it means I don't know the life. I leaned I know nothing at all.

Q, The reason I choose the mouse born as my material

Through my art activity, I hope to convey the core idea which can be primordial consciousness as matrix that people can share beyond the confine of race or nationality.
Long time ago, the age of Dinosaurs had flourished, our ancestry of mammalian had survived with form like mouse and have evolved until now. Using mouse born means to approaching to original form of mammalian. The structure of the mouse's body is very close to human body.
Actually, I use frozen Mice and Rats are sold as pet food. They are feed for Snakes or Owls. They are born, growing up, killed, frozen and become to feed as artifactually-produced.

I have a dog in my home town. Pets exist for human. Their existence is between nature and artifact. The frozen mice are sold as feed for the pets are moreover artifact. I think the frozen mouse is symbolic representation of artificial nature among our city life.

Q, Why do I make flowers

The act of laying flowers to the dead is common human behavior beyond different nationality, country even Era. There are some research results of that extinct Neanderthals also used to send the dead off on their journey from this world with flowers.
Flower has strong historical links with the death. Human being have put wishes and feelings into flowers. I make the bone flower because I really want to find the tradition of originally prayer.

Q, Process of works

Anatomy of mouse--- Taking out bones---Making bone's sculpture--- Taking pictures--- Film developing--Printing---and Bury the sculpture (bone flowers) to the ground.
Every process is done by the artist.
For shooting, I use 4x5 inch film camera, take a long time to shoot like having a dialogue with bone flowers.

Interview 1

June, 2013

1) When did you make your bone flowers?

I started to make bone flowers since 2008.
I didn't know how people would feel my act that taking born out and making flowers, so I could not show them during 3 years at all.
As you might know it happened a disaster and nuclease accidents in north of Japan in March 2011. Even in Tokyo where I used to live at that time, we had also have many very strong after-quake so often, we were spending unstable days.
As many Japanese people did so, it was the time I reconsidered the way of my life and existence. The earthquake was a prompt for me that I made my determination to show my "bone flowers" to the public, it was never showed before.
I had started preparation for art exhibition, finally I made it public, it was 6 months after the disaster happened. At this exhibition, I won the grand prize, then I have now.

2) How long do they take to make?

I do all process of works by myself. I take a lot of work and time to dissection due to do one by one. My work is started from taking bones out .For making a flower, I always use around 100 mice bones. Recently I also use their fur skin. Sometime it takes a time over 1 month for only dissection.

3) Are they real bones? If so, where do you find them? What animals are they from?

The bones are from real mouse and rat that are sold at pet shop as feed, are called "frozen mouse". People who have snake or owl as pet, unfreeze and feed it their pet.
In the beginning, I didn't know it, so I was surprised such mice are sold at pet shop. They are born, brought up ,killed ,and frozen for human's pet. I felt this is just the symbolic thing of the nature among the modern society we live.
I am so easy to scare more than ordinary people, I am not good with horror movie as well.So I have feelings of resistance toward touching dead body at first. But as I have treat them several times, I became to feel a familiarity with frozen mice.

4) If they are fake bones, how do you make them?

I make bone flowers to using real bones in combination. I don't use any wire or support medium. I only use real bones, fur skin, and glue. Because for all stuff will be able to return to the earth. Bone flowers are pull apart and put in the ground after shooting.

5) Can you go through a step-by-step way of how to create the bone flowers, from start to finish?

I always explain my process flow of bone flowers simply like that- "Take bones out, Make flowers, Leave images, Break, Return to the earth".
For example, I come in view of flower petal subconsciously as touching the blade bone, I often bring up the image of flower from bone's shape. I never whittle and manufacture bones, just utilize the characteristic of natural bone's shape. The number of bones is limited less than we expected. I am making flowers by changing various combinations of bones.
When my idea is fixed, I start to dissect. Then the construction part is started finally.

I shoot it by 4x5 camera, print it by gelatin silver print. All procedure is made by myself, because I believe whole my act is till I bury it my art work. Each process is in a matter-of-fact.

6) What types of flowers have you made so far?

When I have a sudden idea that I make flower using bones ,I imagined "lotus- flower" at the first time. I saw a vision that lotus flower making by bones is floating and blooming on the water. Lotus flower is known as religious flower in Japan.
After that, I made "spider lily' is also known it bring up the image of another world. I don't choose only religious flower, besides, I made 11 kind of flowers like lily, dandelion, hydrangea and so on.

7) Do you sell them? If so, how much for?

Bone flowers that I make is not remained their appearance because I bury it after shooting. It has a chance to be shown once at an exhibition or different countries. For example, my latest work, " Bone flowers - Queen of the Night" is showing at a gallery in Paris now (till July 20) but this exhibition ends, there is no chance to see it. Only visitors who come to the exhibition can see it.
I think it is very important experience seeing the work directly. Because it must be real experience as " live in the present", it's not going to happen again.
Basically, viewer can shoot it at the exhibition. I think it is good to exist images of bone flower as many images as possible.

8) What feedback have you had from them?

I set up this project since 2008,but after started showing my works, it is not past 2 years yet. In the beginning, there is no understanding, but it becomes more and more now. Journalists and gallerists kindly support me a lot. It is not only curiousness for real bone, many people can understand my conceptual acting including returning it to the earth, it has spread by word of mouth. At first, I thought there is different reaction due to each people have different religious eye and view of life and death, but I don't feel any difference so far. Moreover, I am interested in our common sense that live in the same Internet society.
I hope to have more opportunities to show my work at exhibitions in abroad, also want to publish my art book.

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Mail Online

June 20, 2013
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News Website

Huffington Post

June 4, 2013

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ADB

May 31, 2013

Group Exhibition

CABINET DA-END 03

May 21-July 20, 2013
DA-END
Paris, France

The " Queen of the Night " was exhibited.

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Art Fair

OFF ART FAIR 2013

April 19-22, 2013
Brussels, Belgium

OFF ART FAIR 2013

Solo Exhibition

HONEBANA (Bone Flowers) - Queen of the night -

April 5-20, 2013
LOWER AKIHABARA. , Tokyo

The " Queen of the night " was exhibited.

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Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair NYC

April 3-7, 2013
New York

The " Camellia " was exhibited.

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The Process / Leave Images

The " Dandelion "

March, 2013

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth "Dandelion" >>
The Process / Make Flowers "Dandelion" >>

The Process / Leave Images

The " Camellia "

March, 2013

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth "Camellia" >>
The Process / Make Flowers "Camellia" >>

The Process / Make Flowers

The " Camellia "

March, 2013

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth "Camellia" >>
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TV Show

ART is AHO!#4

March 1, 2013
Fuji Television, JP

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The Process / Make Flowers

The " Queen of the Night "

January, 2013

Statement | 2013

My work is called 'Honebana'. 'Hone' means bones and 'Bana (Hana)' means flowers in Japanese.
I create flowers using bones out of dead animals and take photos and then bury under the soil after breaking it.
Why do I do that? Nature has a systematic cycle - spring comes after winter, flower blossoms and die, evening follows morning, life returns to soil and reborn - .
My work is an attempt to synchronize with nature's cycle.

Emerging director's art fair

ULTRA005

October side, October 27-30, 2012
Spiral Garden, Tokyo

The " Dandelion " was exhibited.

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The Process / Make Flowers

The " Dandelion "

October, 2012

The Process / Break, Return to the Earth "Dandelion" >>
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The Process / Break, Return to the Earth

The " Hydrangea "

October, 2012

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Group Exhibition

Magnetic Field Resonance

September 22-October 13, 2012
Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo

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The Process / After

The " Morning Glory "

August 20, 2012

(from K.)
The first flower of Honehana morning glory bloomed. I was anxious. It's because time was late.
This is a part of the concept of the other day's the Art Japanese Tea Ceremony. The fragment of Mr. Hideki Tokushige's art work "morning glory" is buried under this soil. That is what broke with everyone after we were admiring in the tea ceremony.
A floral change in a morning glory is really quick and is surprised.

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The "Morning Glory", 2012

Morning Glory

I decided to make "Morning Glory" when I accepted the invitation to work in collaborate with a Tea Ceremony. I had taken into account the famous story about Sen Rikyu,"One Morning Glory". One day, Hideyoshi heard that there were lovely morning glories blooming in Rikyu's garden. When he went to see them, he did not find even one. When he entered the tea-ceremony room, he found just one morning glory being displayed in its alcove.
This is expressing the transience which is the essence of flowers. Of the morning glories blooming in Nature, Rikyu discarded all but one and placed it in a man-made space. Symbolically, he had placed one solitary life on top of many deaths.The tea ceremony is not something that puts on air. We are aware of that because we know that it was in full flourish during the bloody Period of the Warring States, a time when death was imminent.


Morning Glory

At the tea ceremony, after the ritual admiration of the "Morning Glory", I had the participants scatter the petals with their hands. Afterwards, I enclosed their bone fragments and the seeds of the morning glory in envelopes and sent them to the participants, asking them to plant the contents. They all sent me letters when the morning glories came into in bloom. Even though there was no longer any sign of the "Bone Flowers", the flowers were blooming, their seeds will continue to grow and bear flowers the following year and in the years to come. The "Morning Glory" will go on living.
The entire process of the "Bone Flowers", beginning with extracting the bones, followed by making the flower, leaving its image, breaking the flower and finally burying its fragments constitutes a work (of art). Inevitably an Ideal has been captured.


The Process / After "Morning Glory" >>
The Art Japanese Tea Ceremony >>

Melting Point

The Art Japanese Tea Ceremony

June 24, 2012
Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo

The " Morning Glory " was exhibited.
Participants broke it.

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Report by Shuntaro Kondo >>

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The "Hydrangea", 2012

Hydrangea

Azaleas are considered "rain flowers" because they bloom in the rainy season.
While I was working on "Azalea",I frequently went to see the azaleas nearby, so I came to know what kind of azaleas were blooming in what part of town. Even with the azaleas nearby, depending on the type, they are totally different in color, the color tone, the size and the shape of the flowers and the size of the leaves, etc.
I realized that even though I knew how the azaleas looked outside, I did not know their inflorescence or the basic makeup of their blossoms. I also learned for the first time that azaleas had two different types of blossoms: decorative ones and the actual ones.


Hydrangea

For the flower, I used the scapulas (shoulder blades) of 127 mice.
When I assembled the "Bone Flowers", I began by observing its blossoms. For plants, how they look today will differ from how they will look in two days. My wishes to realize how the blossoms will look tomorrow, that is, how the blossoms will open up or how the leaves will spread out. are inherent in the way I structure them. I want to foresee that the azalea I am now structuring before me, with its appearance as it is at this moment in time will transform itself into something that I have anticipated two days later. Perceiving its potential and its realization is what facilitates my making of the flower.


Hydrangea

I made the leaves for the first time with the tanned skin. I used them for the leaves of "Carnation". I decided to make them using the skin with a light brown tone, instead of one in white.
Compared to the works that I had produced until then, I felt that it clearly embodied the gentleness and calmness befitting the azalea that blooms in the rainy season.


The Process / Break, Return to the Earth "Hydrangea" >>
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Group Exhibition

Melting Point

June 16-30, 2012
Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo

The " Hydrangea " was exhibited.

The Process / Make Flowers

The " Hydrangea "

June, 2012

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The "Cherry Blossoms", 2012

Cherry Blossoms

What does it mean to present my work, "Bone Flowers", to the public. It was not a matter of having an exhibition in a gallery or offering an appreciation of an art work dealing with the behavior or the process of "Bone Flowers" what I had in mind was to reconsider the ideal existence of "Bone Flowers" .
I wanted to synchronize the natural cyclical rhythm of the flower blooming and withering and the way of "Bone Flowers". With that thought in mind, I took the "Bone Flower, Cherry Blossoms" to a cherry blossom viewing to which I had been invited. I felt that it was most befitting to have an exhibition of the "Cherry Blossoms" under the cherry blossoms in full bloom whose petals were fluttering downward. I wanted to experience with those at the viewing how transient the life of "Bone Flowers" was.


Cherry Blossoms

I have heard the Japanese saying consisting of the words for winter and spring, matched with their respective homonyms "Fuyu wa fuyu . haru wa haru" , meaning "winter signifies increase and spring signifies expansion" The trees on the mountains seemed at first glance to be dormant during the winter but they are actually storing up natural energy within themselves, Thus we have "winter--increase". When trees are filled to the brim with energy , they burst open in the form of blossoms.
The saying, " spring --expand" is always meaningful to me at cherry blossom time.


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The Process / Break, Return to the Earth

The " Cherry Blossoms "

April, 2012

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The " Cherry Blossoms "

April, 2012

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The " Cherry Blossoms "

March, 2012

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The "Carnation", 2011-2012

Carnation

This time, I used not only bones but fur as well for the first time.
I made a vase from the fur and three carnations from the bones taken from the same mouse.
Even when we wear fur coats, we usually do not know how the fur was made.
"Tanning" is the process that prevents rotting and the fur hairs from falling out.
Fur hardens and shrinks after drying.
I made the vase taking advantage of this effect, but it was difficult to create shapes using only fur.


Carnation

In our society, there are all kinds of lines of demarcation.
In the extracting of bones, there is a process in which one boils the bones. When I first started to carry out this process, I had a pot ready for its exclusive use, one differentiated from the one I used for cooking. However, gradually, I became aware of the fact that the line of demarcation between these two pots had become vague. I found myself with these thoughts and questions -- The pot for cooking was for boiling beef or pork, while that for bone extraction was for boiling mice. What was the difference? I felt what was in the former was delicious and what was in the latter, sickening. The people in South America roasted rats whole and ate them as delicacies. Depending on the culture, the line of demarcation changes.
Cultural lines of demarcation are not fixed. They shift. Art has the power to actualize those lines of demarcation by shaking them up.


Carnation

After extracting the bones from the mice, I made a vase with his skin.
I had not use any support because it would be returned to the soil. The tanned skin alone was used to form the vase.
For the first time, I learned the method of tanning, something man had known as a matter of course since time immemorial in order to survive. I often realized as I worked how ignorant I was.


Carnation

I exhibited "Carnation" in Taiwan. It was my first exhibition abroad but its reception was surpassed my expectations.
The concept of "Bone Flowers" embodies my view on life and death. In living our lives, we experience many partings. They are painful but those who leave us in death will continue to live in our hearts. Their bodies will return to the soil, become part of flowers, grass and water and transmigrate. Therefore, death is not the end.


Carnation

Both my mind and my heart can become empty when I assemble something with the bones. When my hands are moving, I have no conscious thoughts in my mind.
I deal with the animal that is abused in human society-- at times it is killed, at times it is spared. In our own world, too, we find so much sufferings and so much disappointments . That is why I want to create something beautiful. Beauty is power in itself.


Art Fair

PHOTO TAIPEI 2011

December 15-18, 2011
Taipei, Taiwan

The " Carnation " was exhibited.

Because it was an exhibition overseas, I couldn’t carry anything large, and thus created a folding tent that was a size I could check for the flight.
I didn’t know the height of the ceiling, so I made it adjustable.


The tent was the collapsible type meant for the umbrella and light of a photo shoot.
In order to separate it from living space, I wrapped it in white cloth.


Inside was the bone flowers, “Carnation” and its accompanying picture.
The picture was life-sized.
On the first day, I arranged them on the floor, and from the second day used the desk, but I wonder if the floor arrangement was better...


It was a hotel convention, so I put the flowers in a vase.
To explain the process of making these bone flowers, I set up a short slide show.
It was wonderful, Taiwan. I hope I get the chance to do an exhibit there again.




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The "Azalea", 2010-2012

Azalea

Until the fall of 2011, I had never exhibited my works. I had been spending my days going back and forth between my house and my work place where I was forklifting. I had no prospects in sight, such as putting on an exhibition.
I had continued with my work with no other thought than to leave something behind--something intrinsically beautiful by its sheer presence. I became aware that I had been projecting myself more and more into the fate of the frozen mice which human beings, to suit their own convenience, had killed for their pet food or spared them, I craved to at least make them beautiful.
It was this work, the "Azalea" that I was able to show to someone for the first time.


Azalea

I have loved making things ever since I was a child.
Arts and crafts, plastic models, making robots out of candy boxes, anything...
Nowadays, all you need to do is to check the internet to find out how to make anything.
I wanted to make something that had no manual.
Something that nobody had done, which while odd, was also universal.


Azalea

The stamen is the mouse's paw, the pistil its leg.
After creating four bone flowers works, the initial disgust I felt during dissection has gone.
The first time I took out bones was in 2004. It was of a raccoon dog lying dead in the street that I found while delivering newspapers in the early morning. I couldn't even touch it with my bare hands.
The raccoon dog had white parts to its eyes. They reminded me of my dear dog Issa back at home, and I couldn't even look at its face.


Azalea

I love museums. Before I started "Bone Flowers", I went to the National Museum in Ueno.
There was an exhibition on the chronological events of the universe. It started with the birth of the universe, followed by the earth coming into being, life appearing and continuing to evolve. Further ahead, there was an exhibit of stone implements that marked the beginning of the tools made by man. I found them incredibly beautiful. I had no way of knowing whether the person who had made them had a name.
What I knew was that after countless centuries after he made them, I was moved by them. I felt that I wanted to make something timeless and powerful like them. I wanted to make something that if I could show it to him across the ages, it would be understood by him without the use of language.


Azalea

Bone Flowers of the Azalea was buried.
Climate differs depending on the locality. There are differences in the way the wind blows, in the way the soil feels, (whether it is dried or whether it is moist),in the seasons and the weather.... When indigenous natural conditions change, culture changes. When culture changes, what man does and what exists in nature change.
Lives that originated in the sea came on land, somehow found a way to function well with the new environment and lived to this day. One could say that the environment transformed how Man lived.
Life begins but it is bound to come to an end and to return to the soil, only to undergo a cyclical transformation through the soil, the wind and the water. If one could extract those indigenous natural conditions, exercising great caution to keep its form intact, one would be able to approach its origin.


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Award

YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4 Grand Prix

October 2, 2011

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YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

September 30 - October 2, 2011
Laforet Museum Roppongi, Tokyo

The " Azalea " was exhibited.

YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

My First “Bone Flowers” Presentation.
Because it was a hall displaying many different pieces of art, in order to isolate my space, I set up the exhibit so that from the outside, you couldn’t tell what was inside.
I surrounded the booth with planks of wood?haphazardly, a temporary shelter.


YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

Upon passing through the planks, to hide the inner space was a white wall in the shape of a backwards ‘C’.
I made the wall to look like plaster.


YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

The very first thing that a visitor would see was a picture hanging on the wall.
And if you looked lower…


YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

There it was, right at your feet.
There were many people who never looked lower, simply staring at the picture, and many times it came close to being stepped on.


YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

I had arranged it on the floor.
I had thought of several ways to arrange my exhibit because I wouldn’t know the color or style of the hall’s floor until I got there.
I chose the floor arrangement because the grey carpet would highlight the bone flower.


YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

Seven azaleas.
And next to them, the picture of a frozen rat.


YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.4

I found much inspiration, and my interaction with the other exhibitionists greatly encouraged me.


The Process / Make Flowers

The " Azalea "

June, 2011

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Statement | 2011

Why I use bones? Some might think it weird.
Art activity of human being, such as painting and sculpturing, goes back around 70000 years ago.
Mankind and bones have been good friends for very long time, many products out of animal bones have been found from the stratum of those ages.
Human history is the history of manufacturing. For 70000 years mankind has been producing things.
Everything that consists our modern life including those clothes, nuclear power plants, and Internet have roots in those ancestor's fingers which worked bones into tools.
Mankind also have laid flowers to the deads since ancient times.
Surrounding the bones of extinct Homo neanderthalensis, pollen of those days are found.
Bidding farewell to the dead, what they meant when they put a prayer with the flower?
We have consumed meat and used fur and leather from ancient time, but now we don't see bones on the daily life anymore.
Still, someday we all go back to bones and back to soil.
In our world of lesser foresight, it is time to go back to the fundamental by re-thinking about the bones. And this may give us an opportunity to reconsider our unsteady passage.

The Process / Leave Images

The " Azalea "

July, 2010

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Process of Photography /

I use 4x5 inch film camera, take a long time to shoot like having a dialogue with bone flowers.

The Process / Take Bones Out

About bones and furs /

Do you know freezing mice? It is sold at the pet store as food, such as snakes and owls.
The frozen mouse which finishes a lifetime in the gauge under sterile and serves as a pet's food.
It would represent as well a sense of our modern view of nature and life.
It disassembled the one frozen mouse (and rat) at a time, and bones are taken out.
Also, it is the same mammals as us is also one of the reasons which uses freezing mice.


Work described

The flower as a momentary raw sign which withers someday.
The work which imitated the flower to the bone of the animal which carries out death.
After the shooting increased, it will be broken and will be returned to the ground.

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The "Lily", 2009-2010

Lily

Plants and animals evolved separately from ancient times.
Plants first started growing on land, and were followed by animals after a while.
While the evolutionary process is different, both require a physical structure which supports the body against gravity.
Plants are supported by the roots which are extended into the ground, while animals chose the path of being supported by their skeleton or exoskeleton.


Lily

The upper skull was used to make buds.
It is hard to see in the small image, but in two places on the stem - toward the middle and near the bottom - the pelvis has been used as is.


Lily

Through dissecting mice, I am amazed by the curvature of mammal spines.
Compared to fish and reptiles, the spine curvature is extreme.
Humans straighten the spine to stand and have to support a heavy head, so it is no wonder humans get stiff shoulders.


Lily

Indoor photography was done in my home. An old, two-story home.
The first floor is my creation space.
Bone extraction, assembly, photography, film development... all done in the same room.
The room is sealed for photography processes, so I lose all sense of time when working in this dark room.
I realize that it has somehow become time to go to my forklift job, and I often rush off.


Lily

If you look at the lily bud, the volume of the flower about to bloom is packed in.
It has a different expression of strength from a flower in bloom.
A rat's skull was used.


Lily

The bits attached to the ends of the six stamens are the small pelvises of mice.
The stamens are shin bones.
There is a saying, "Standing, she's a Chinese peony; sitting, she's a Japanese peony; walking, she's lily," but the shape of the lily, with its many bred varieties, seems artificial.


Lily

Mice and humans are both mammals, and their make up is similar.
Previously, I once extracted bones from a wild mouse, not a farmed mouse, that had been lying dead in the bushes near the station rotary.
The bones seemed to be completely different.
It was probably death from old age, and the thick bone-muscles told of the struggles and strengths during its lifetime.


Lily

There is a canal right next to my home.
I often take breaks from creating at the bank of the canal.
The wind blows, leaves sway, the river flows, ants climb stems.
Whether I live or die, the world goes on...
The word "nature" best describes this feeling.


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The "Lycoris", 2009-2010

Lycoris

Bone Flowers are fragile as they are just created with adhesive.
Many a time, after I composed the scene, measured the exposure, focused the shot, and just as I was preparing to shoot, the wind would blow, toppling the bone flowers and breaking it into pieces.
This time, I didn't have much opportunity to press the shutter with the clouds in the sky.
The sun shone briefly, and the spider lily appeared on the focusing screen upside down.
Praying that the wind would not blow, I held my breath as I pressed the shutter.


Lycoris

Lycoris are mysterious. They somehow bloom during the equinoctial week. They also have many regional names.
They have been called Manjusaka, Funeral Flower, and even the Haunted Flower. The English another name -Red spider lily -is fitting.


Lycoris

When I first started to anatomize, I was afraid of his hands and eyes in particular. In our everyday life, we read a person's feelings in the minute changes in his expressions. His hands and eyes, in particular, reveal how he felt. We perceive the minutest changes. We are able to read into the feelings of even a dead person before our eyes.


Lotus

It seems that the Korean name for lycoris is "so shi ka", a name written with three characters meaning "mutual-love flower". It is said that this name is attributed to the fact that unlike common flowers, this flower has no leaves when it starts to bloom and when the leaves start to grow, the blossoms are no longer there. That phenomenon symbolizes that even when the leaves and the blossoms find it impossible to meet, they are longing for each other.


Lycoris

Bone Flower of the Lycoris was buried.
It return to the earth, and become the grass and the insects, the moisture and the light...
Flowers bloom in a land without death.


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The "Lotus", 2008-2010

Lotus

To make something out of bone...
In an evening during winter of 2008, it was raining while I was passing an intersection while on an errand to Ginza.
Taking shelter from the rain, I went into a nearby cafe, and gazed upon the intersection from the second floor.
The asphalt slick black with water, the glare of the tail lights of cars going by, the whirlwind of pedestrians...
And opening at that time, a colorful umbrella...
In the intersection, I saw the blooming of the "bone lotus flower".


Lotus

There was a lot of fumbling when first starting to make a flower out of bone.
How a flower could be made with just bone, without whittling anything away...
How it could be made to look like a flower and leaves...
There were only vague images.
Tranquil, like a piano song, or like a stone tool in a museum...


Lotus

A large 4x5 inch camera was used.
When taking class photos as a child, a photographer would come using a black cloth to cover up.
I like being able to carefully adjust the tilt and focus while looking at a reverse image shown on focusing screen while taking pictures.


Lotus

In the middle of the lotus flower, there is a projection which is the characteristic thalamus of the flower.
6 mouse skulls were arranged to represent the thalamus.


Lotus

At first, I was troubled as to how to take the picture.
It is difficult to express flowers with bones which don't move.
Wind does not blow on the screen.
How to make the wind blow on screen…


Lotus

After the flower petals are scattered, a fruit is formed in each one of the holes in the thalamus in the middle of the lotus flower.
The skull thalamus, and the mandibles that support it.


Lotus

After pictures are taken, the bone flowers are returned to the earth.
The bone lotus flower, which blooms on the water surface, lies at the bottom of a pond.
The fragments of bone, rolling from side to side, sank faster than I expected.


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