かつて僧侶たちは禅画を描き高みを目指した。彼らのように僕も星を描こう。 Japanese monks used to paint Zen paintings to aim high. I also paint a single star like them.
About the artist
Akira Taniguchi mainly creates his work in the fields of painting and installation. His artistic creations are based on a Japanese original thought called もののあはれ “Mono-no-aware” (pathos of things) – the feeling of sadness which accompanies the reality of life and death. This concept can be compared with and is similar to the theory of “Memento Mori” in Western culture. Under this idea, he regards continuity as inspiration for his art. We, humans, continue to live and cease to live one day. This simple motto shows that existence and death are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, he creates art work which repeats itself and makes viewers reflect on the idea of “Mono-no-aware”.