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My work is about "landscape" associated with the memories that surround my everyday life. My studio practice is to transform the landscape into abstract drawings on paper with materials such as ink, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastels, photographic images, and collage. I have been intrigued by the nature of memory since it is always with me despite its invisibility and intangibleness. When I started the drawing project "Equivocal Landscape" in 1998, I intended to make one drawing every day, representing my memory of the day as a tree. Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go inspired me to perceive how we identify ourselves not by what we look like, but by our memories. This inspiration emphasized my intent in memory and spurred me to "gaze" at memory to observe what I am. Mathematics, which I majored in at college in Japan, also helps me clarify ideas in my art. For instance, a mathematical way of seeing what and how natural numbers exist allows me to conceive how memory might compare to them.
Equivocal Landscape: http://toruhayashi.net