Inside Of Me / ある情景 by Masaki Hirokawa / 廣川政樹
Title of work: Inside Of Me / ある情景
Year of creation: Feb 2020
Dimensions: 85 x 85 cm (Height x Width)
Medium: Digital Media
Technique: Photo collage

The subject put forth by this piece is the conflict which resides within the boundary between self-expression and forms of expression performed by others. At first, this piece began as a form of self-portrait, mixing the motifs of bones and flowers overlaid atop a woman's face. But this process led to what became a sad ordeal for this artist, causing him to lose control of himself in a raging tempest of emotions, leading to this form of expression by an other, based on pure inspiration.

Flying about the face of the woman are doves, the symbols of peace. The Japanese title is "A Certain Scene." At the time when this piece was created, neither the coronavirus nor the current war existed in the world. And when pondering that fact, perhaps this final version has more appeal as a work of art.

I suspect that for most artists, to become a human sacrifice to the gods would be an honor. The reason why is because we can find value only in monotonous tasks, knowing that the resulting fruits of those labors are merely incidental to that process, meaning that the means to gaining pleasure and their purpose exist as inverse opposites to one another.

However, within us resides as well that dogmatic desire to become closer to God, despite our bodies of flesh and blood, just as the soul of a suckling child seeks its mother's breast. As far as God is concerned, both desires shall please him equally.

In our current situation, in which the opinions of right and wrong in the superficial world have become complicated, while the energies of the fundamental world continue to change, it feels as if we are being watched over, to see which path humanity will take. However, whether a baby cries or laughs, it remains an adorable creature. And to God, humans have always remained worthy of his love.

I pray that this piece may at least serve as a single, small record of history, and as a blessing for a new world.

この作品の議題として挙げられるのは、自己表現と他者表現の境界線に潜む葛藤である。当初は女性の顔に骨と花のモチーフが混合した自画像的な作品として制作が進められていたが、その過程に作者にとって哀しい試練があり、烈しい感情と共に我を忘れ、純粋なインスピレーションに基づく他者表現と成り果てた。

女性の顔の周りには平和の象徴である鳩が飛び交っており、邦題は「ある情景」である。この作品が制作された当時の世界には、まだコロナも戦争も存在せず、それを思えばこの完成形の方が作品としての訴求力はあったのかもしれない。

おそらく多くの芸術家にとって、人身御供となることは誉れであろう。何故なら単調な作業のプロセスにのみ価値を見出し、成果物はそれに付随するものに過ぎないという認識でいる為、快楽を得る手段と目的が倒錯しているのである。本能的には猿により近いのではないだろうか。

しかし生身の肉体をもって神に近づきたいという熾烈な願望も併せて存在し、それは母の愛を求める乳飲み子の心と同様、神にとっていずれも等しく喜ばしいことであろう。

表層的世界に正邪の思惑が錯綜し、根源的世界のエネルギーも変容を続ける現在、まるで人類がどちらに歩みを進めるか見守られているように感じる。しかし赤子は泣いても笑っても可愛いものであり、神にとって人類は常に慈しみの対象であることに変わりはない。

この作品がせめて一つの小さな歴史の記録となり、そして新しい世界への祝福とならんことを祈る。


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