Artist Interview: Masaki Tanaka

Please introduce yourself and your work style.

I cut, paste, and collage colored papers, and then repaint them on canvas. Sometimes I fold them to make three-dimensional works. Basically, I am developing my work around paper.

What are the sources of inspiration for your work?

I cut pieces of colored paper into abstract shapes and superimpose them on top of each other, experimenting until I come up with a concrete shape or image. Superimposing the pieces of colored paper on the almost forgotten memories in my head may be the source of my inspiration.

What do you want to convey through your work?

There is also the aspect of copying colored paper on canvas with acrylic, so I want the viewer to see the superficial colors and the slight three-dimensional effect.

As an artist, what is the most difficult thing you are facing?

Is it finding a place to present my artwork. I haven’t been able to find many places or opportunity to show my work in Japan or overseas, so this project by namonai has been helpful.

What would you like to tell people who are looking at your work?

It may be difficult, but I want people to see the work freely. I don’t think you have to see the work the way the author thinks you should, and I want you to find your own personal way of seeing and thinking about it.