On My Art 2
- Goro Shintami 2013
"Love and Growth" has been my art theme for
the last 20 years. Important things in life are also important in art.
I've used often the words of "Love and growth," as the exhibition's
theme. In this way, in each exhibition, its theme reminds me of the most
important things in life. All other things are on the side, even thought
they are important. This theme remains a clear guideline for me in life
and in art, when I'm lost.
Every person lives for others and for themselves. Love
is the power of helping others and helping others make you happy. Growth,
on the other hand, is a force of helping itself. The goal of growth is
I have made sculptures, whose name is "Union".
Sculptures describe a man and a woman together. I realized that the most
important thing in marriage is seeing together, walking together. At the
word level, the thing may sound normal, but I understood it at the emotional
level. This experience was impressive. I have made more than ten sculptures
in this series.
I have made the sculpture, which is called "Forest
Elf". In doing so, I felt the power of growth. Human has the same
power as the tree. When the time comes, the shoots grow. We grow by ourselves.
We do not have to grow ourselves but only surrender to growth. This feeling
or insight gave me the liberation. Let the growth happen, surrender to
it, and so we grow better.
Wisdom has no form. I use oriental meditation characters
and also guardian angels to describe it. The climax of wisdom is enlightenment,
maybe because I grow up in a Buddhist family. I've seen a couple of times
in moments of enlightenment. They suddenly happened unexpectedly and passed
right in the halfway state. I just remember that I felt something very
special. I had the feeling that I understood everything. I hope I can
see it again.
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