These works are a record of the sunlight on one summer solstice ten years ago as well as specimens illustrating the passage of time over ten years. In the summer of 2006, I coated a number of black lacquer panels with a photosensitive emulsion and used a pinhole camera to expose the panels. This process formed negative images on the panels, but since the lacquer black was stronger than the black of the photos, the images initially had the lightness and darkness of a positive image. As the term shikkoku (lacquer black) suggests, there is nothing blacker than lacquer.
Over the past 10 years, however, the original captured images have gradually seeped through, as the lacquer ages and grows more transparent.
Entries form: Three A2 panels
My interest was piqued by the surface condition of the photographs. The first thing that struck me was the extraordinary effect the artist used to render the photo images. Today’s digital photographs often render images with almost unworldly sharpness, but the lacquer coating on these works leaves the image mostly obscured. Only when we peer closely does a faint picture rise up. The scratches and surface irregularities make these panels less than perfect as craftworks. But the subtle intertwining of many elements, including these flaws, make them incredibly compelling as art. These unique pieces have already aged 10 years at the present moment, and it’s fascinating that they will continue to mutate with time. Photographs, as physical objects, deteriorate with time, whereas lacquer becomes increasingly transparent over the years. Ultimately, clear, unobstructed images will rise to the surface of these marvelous works.
Born in 1984 in Osaka Prefecture
Graduated in 2007 with a major in Urushi Lacquering from the Department of Crafts,
Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts Completed in 2009 a Master’s Degree in Urushi Lacquering from the Department of Crafts,
Graduate School of Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts
Presently working in lacquer-related arts in Tottori, Kyoto, and Tokyo