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In my creative process, I try not to convey any specific message but concentrate on communicating with the materials I work with. I deliberately minimize my intention, sometimes even by blurring the brush marks, or by stretching the hand carved marks.


(…) Fragility is another characteristic in many of my works. I like working with thin surfaces, because it gives me a sense of tension both in space and time. Fragility may be viewed as a negative trait, but it can be the essence of beauty, as is taught by the central dogma of Japanese tea ceremony, “ichigo-ichie,” or “treasure every encounter for it will never recur”.

The life of an artwork is temporary, as is everything else in life. Perhaps my fragile artworks will challenge people to appreciate the fragility and temporary nature of the life we lead today.

Tomoko Amaki Abe