colored ink, paper
14.17 × 14.17 inches
$960 (with frame)

Artwork by yushi sato

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yushi sato - illustrator - JCAT artist
Power of words

colored ink, paper
14.17 × 14.17 inches
$960 (with frame)

『Power of words』( 2016 ) は、日本古来の「いろは歌」を題材として、平仮名47文字と唇模様で構成された2枚1組の作品である。アーティストの yushi sato が象形文字から発展した現代文字が、ケータイ文化の絵文字に回帰していく現象に着目し、文字の形自体を絵と捉え直すことを試みたことで生まれた。文字と模様の二重構造の画面は、色インクとペンを使用し、細やかな線の重なりのみで描かれ、「いろは歌」の無常観が言葉として囁かれる様を、繊細かつデザイン的要素を用いて表現している。そして、日本古来の言霊と文字の形に宿る力を再認識して欲しいという願いが込められている。

“Power of words” is a set of two artworks consisting of 47 characters and lip patterns based on the ancient Japanese “Iroha song.” Artist, yushi sato, focused on the development of hieroglyphs to modern words and the return of pictograms in the mobile phone culture to create artworks that reinterpret the shape of letters. The double-structured screen with letters and patterns uses colored ink and pen and is only drawn with overlapping fine lines. The impermanence of the “iroha song” is whispered as words and expressed with delicate design elements. It also contains the wish to reaffirm the power of ancient Japanese kotodama and the shape of letters.


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