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whiteout 01-05 each


inkjet print

34.7×42.3 cm


Routine/unusual, false/true, visible/invisible --- “Mitate” (replacement, symbolization, or metaphorization) may be a valid means of enabling exchange between various pairs of opposing matters and guiding these matters to have a gently interplaying relationship to each other.

“Mitate” is a traditional technique of expression by which something “A” is replaced with (viewed as) another thing “B”. It was originally a term of literature related to the skill/technique of Chinese poems or Tanka (Japanese traditional 31-syllable poems). As time went by, this technique came to be adopted in other diverse fields. Examples of Mitate are visible sporadically, including 1) Karesansui (dry landscape garden style) which expresses natural landscapes (mountains and rivers) and the universe by arranging white stones/sand, grass, and trees on the garden, and 2) the episode of Rikyu (a tea ceremony master) who used a fish basket or a gourd as a substitute for the vase used during the tea ceremony.

“Mitate” is based on the assumption that there is a common understanding about what is expressed by the object provided by Mitate. Therefore, sharing of the context is indispensable for this technique. Here, we can perceive the overall value arising from the place where the product serves as a node, rather than the individual value of the host (primary) and the guest (subordinate).

In this series, the snow-covered mountain was expressed with a plastic bag from a convenience store to facilitate sharing of the context, with the ultimate goal of attempting the creation of a collective image. The product serves as a device for updating the awareness into metaphysical thinking (vulgarity vs sublimity or living vs death) via the host-guest common context, while simultaneously providing a route of escape from the daily life which tends to become stiff.


whiteout 01-05



34.7×42.3 cm





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