I am the founder of Kanamono Art, which consists of arranging various pieces of kanamono-Japanese for hardware–into dynamic flatworks and sculptures. Normally, metal processed into kanamono appears hard and inorganic. Yet, when countless kanamono pieces link together in succession, they form chains that transform freely, resembling the double helical chain of genes found in living things. These chained objects gather, create shapes, and eventually metamorphose into lively creatures like animals, fish, and insects, exhibiting energetic movements.
The 48 tools, like nails, screws, screwdrivers, and pliers, merge into distinctive creatures, reflecting dynamic life rhythms through their surfaces and contours. Upon closer inspection, one discovers that these contours and surfaces result from countless small metal objects arranged in intricate lines. Organic creatures and inorganic materials, life and death–things that appear antithetic–are chaotically mixed together, like the principles of reincarnation and the rise and fall of life. The unique sense of contradiction that can only be created from such chaos is the message that Kanamono Art tries to convey.
Recently, I have embraced traditional Japanese technology to preserve the endangered skills of artisans. My goal is to raise awareness about these exceptional crafts and pass them on to future generations through various approaches. Creating opportunities for people to learn about and take action in supporting these artisans would bring immense satisfaction.
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