STATEMENT

The Great East Earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant leak and meltdown led to a major turning point in my artistic practices. My work began to examine anthropogenic impacts on the environment, including issues related to sustainability, pollution, and natural and man-made disasters.

To address environmental issues, I started researching the exchange between implicit micro-structures and explicit macro-structures, and how they affect systems that are often imperceptible due to their dynamic and mutable nature.  Current and ongoing works examine underlying patterns and forces, in an attempt to demonstrate the entanglements existing between such systems and how they can be disrupted by human manipulation and interaction.

By revealing the consequences of their presence and their complicity in the fate of our world, I hope to share a sense of gestalt - an understanding that the world is an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts and, in fact, is dependent on all of those parts.  Understanding this gestalt links us to the necessity of embracing community and building cohesion.

The monumental tasks and challenges that face us can only be managed through a potent and urgent brew of human potential, innovation, and creativity.  I want my work to point us toward and insert us in a world where there is still hope - and activate a future where there are still dreams.

 © 2020 by SHOHEI KATAYAMA 

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