Memory of History. 1995.
Form(words), Black ink(Intaglio) on BFK-paper, Chacoal-pencil on wall
I created this work after I had graduated from Pratt Institute. At the end
of the final semester, I was trying to creat a work of the same subject.
But, It seemed to be difficult to understand. And, I felt it was not so
good. So, I recreated this work. Simply, this work is about ' memory and
history.' In those days, I was in a situation which let me think about that
kind of issue. This work itself does not insist on anything. I try to creat
some kind of place or equipment to think about ' memory and history.' In
many cases, a contemporary art is not an answer but a question. I also created
this work like that.
I think, memory is personal. And, history is more public or concerned with
a community or a country. At this work, we can see, words created by forms,
" MEMORYHISTORY." It seems to be connected or confusing, if we
watch this work from a distance. But, if we get close to this work, we can
see a word, " of "(zoom), written by
chacoalpencil on the wall like a child letter. And, we might be able to
read " MEMORY of HISTORY." And also, words are notions. But, I
created the words, " MEMO....." by forms. So, words are objects.
It also might be a kind of metaphor in dual senses.
According to prints below words, I created them based on my memory of visiting
in the Metoropolitan Museum of Art in 1992. (See
the work by zoom). People might feel some sensibility and also a little
critical view against illusion or reproduction.
Anyway, although I talked about this work a little at this time, people
might think different things, when they just watch this work.