We Strolled Around, ink on paper, 35 x 65 cm ⇔ Painting (unframed) 27.5 x 70.7 cm
Acrylic on canvas, unframed.
A work acquired by the participant during his solo motorcycle trip in Myanmar from a street artist.
Web above the Houses, watercolour on paper, 25.2 x 35.5 cm ⇔ Drawing (unframed): 30.1 x 21.3 cm
Colour pen on paper, unframed.
Drawing by the participant. As a student of traditional Japanese art, she showed a different side of her interest and talent in this work. We exchanged information of materials and techniques of Chinese art and Japanese art as well.
I ran around in the Neighbourhood, ink on paper, 34 x 60 cm ⇔ Photograph (framed) Photograph: 20.8 x 29.5 cm; frame: 25 x 33.7 cm
Photograph shot in Shozu Island.
This photo was taken in the participant’s early 20s when she was working part-time in Shozu Island. The old shrine was in a remote part of the island where was rarely visited by the local people. The torri first came into her sight after she walked through bushes and climbed up a slope. In front of the torri sitting a huge rock which was used for worshipping.
Wandering, ink on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm ⇔ Photograph (unframed): 10 x 14.5 cm
Graphic design by participant.
This work in relation to memento mori is inspired by the monk Ikkyū.
⇔ Bonsai: 8.4 x 8.7 x 7.5 cm
Japanese black pine growing kit; kuromatsu (黒松).
The bonsai symbolises the participant’s expectation of my future project. Both items implied the meaning of life and growth, I took them as blessing and spur to my career.
On my Way, ink on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm ⇔ Brush (x3): 21 cm, 21 cm, 24 cm
Brushes from the participant’s grandfather.
These brushes were passed down several years ago by the participant’s grandpa who liked to write calligraphy, make poem and create art. Her grandpa hoped that the young generation would carry on his will and spirit in art creation with his brushes. By handing me the brushes, the participant saw the act itself as a completion of her own project.
Please Ring the Right Bell, watercolour on paper, 28.3 x 19.5 cm ⇔ Stamp-carving dedicated eraser (x2): 5 x 7.4 x 1.1 cm
The participant hoped that I would create something interesting with the stamp-carving erasers.
*With the same participant
Some Neighbourhood, watercolour on paper, 25 x 35.2 cm ⇔ Towel (x2) 35 x 80 cm
Cotton; Chiyo gami towel, chusen method of hand-dying.
Knowing that I had been jogging in the neighbourhood, the participant thought that towels would be a good fit for me. On top of that, the participant wished me good fortune and happiness. Maneki-neko (“fortune cat”) and Daruma doll symbolise good fortune and best wishes.
The Order of Time: it’s Christmas Again, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm ⇔ Towel (Tenugui): 91.2 x 38.2 cm Cotton; Rienzome Tenugui (梨園染).
The images of bird, Mount Fuji and eggplant symbolise happiness and luck.
⇔ Notepad: 9 x 13 cm Paper
from Mitsuo Aida Museum (相田みつを美術館). The poem printed on the cover brought out the meaning of wishing happiness.
⇔ Book: 19.8 x 22.4 cm
Frutta; photo book by the participant’s daughter who is studying art.
Christmas Time: the Urban Theme, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm ⇔ Sumo ranking poster: 57.8 x 44.1 cm
Paper; from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Stadium).
The image of torri in my work Christmas Time: the Urban Theme reminded the participant about the traditional Japanese culture and custom. Therefore, in return, she exchanged the Sumo ranking poster with the artwork as an introduction of the Sumo culture to me.
Christmas Time: the Undersea Theme, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm ⇔ Postcards (x2): 10 x 14.8 cm
Photo by Yuka Saito.
With the photos of horses, the participant introduced me the annual horse-racing event held in Hokkaido.
⇔ Book: 20.9 x 14.8 cm
日本の絶景 (Spectacular View of Japan)
Publisher: JTB Publishing
Release date: 2014/12/15
Size: 159 p
This book shows the stunning view of various places in Japan. It will be a good guide for me in planning future trips to Japan!
⇔ Sake (纯米ミニ菰樽): 300ml
Manufacturer: 高砂酒造株式会社 (Takasago Shuzo); Asahikawa (北海道旭川市)
The sake is made in the participant’s hometown with local produce and water. Alongside with the postcards, this exchange told me about the place where she grew up and came from which indeed raised my interest to explore it further in the future.
Christmas Time: the Sky Theme, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm ⇔ Cap: 20 x 33 x 15 cm
Cap with elk antlers; outer: cotton, lining: polyster.
The participant exchanged this cap with me during a Christmas party.
* He suggested to meet up in Melbourne to “finish up” the exchange as the cap is more like a gift.
Please Open the Door, watercolour on paper, 24.5 x 35.5 cm ⇔ Drawing (unframed): 32.7 x 25.2 cm
Graphite on paper by participant; copied drawing by Yasui Satora.
The participant is interested in drawing and is taking a weekly art class. The exchange showed an act of sharing her work with me.
⇔ Black tea (x2): 4g
Sakura tea. It is a sharing of Japanese taste.
Year of Roaster, paper cutting and watercolour ⇔ Tissue box casing (x2): 12.7 x 25.5 x 6 cm
Textile on PVC cube; handmade by participant’s grandmother in her 90s.
⇔ Yo-kai Watch stickers (x20)
My series of Christmas artwork reminded her of Yo-kai Watch.
⇔ Towel: 33 x 90 cm
Cotton; Nassen (捺染) dying method.
⇔ Miso: 55g
ゆずこしょう味噌 (Yuzukoshi miso); manufacturer: Marushou Jozo (丸正醸造).
The participant had tried the Sambal (chili paste) I made in one of the Malaysian food cooking events. She would like me to try something similar which was the spicy miso paste in return.
⇔ Furikake: 45g
ふりかけセット(Furikake setto); manufacturer: 鈴木鰹節店 (Suzuki Bonjin store).
It is a sharing of Japanese taste.
⇔ Packaging: 24.7 x 11.5 cm (Paper)
We had extended our interaction further by visiting the participant’s parents’ place. (*refer to Street View) The participant invited me to their place to visit her father who enjoyed painting a lot.
City View, ink on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm⇔ Shield: 29.2 x 38.7 x 0.5 cm
The shield was bought by the participant in Saint Michel, France a few years ago.
The Roofs, ink on paper, 27 x 42.2 cm ⇔ Sengawa (仙川) map: 72.1 x 51.2 cm
The Roofs which was inspired by the Sengawa neighbourhood had somehow, by its form, drawn a connection to the Sengawa map. However, ultimately, the Sengawa map represented the experience and memories of my stay in Sengawa, if not the whole trip in Tokyo. Exchanged by the participant and host of the residency, it also symbolised the interactions between the participants and me were tightly connected to the place.
Good Night, City, ink on paper, 28 x 40.8 cm ⇔ Postcard (x8): 14.9 x 10.8 cm (x5), 10.5 x 14.8 cm (x3); Ticket: 14.2 x 7 cm
Paper; from the Yuzo Saeki (佐伯祐三) exhibition, 1978; from the Van Dongen exhibition, 1978.
These postcards were passed down from the participant’s grandma. These were from her favourite art shows in the 70s. Some of the postcards reminded the participant of my works. Ticket is from the Van Dongen exhibition, 1978.
Street View, ink on paper, 24.2 x 27.2 cm ⇔ Painting: 42 x 53.3 cm
Latex paint on paper.
This work was made by the participant in his 70s. He enjoyed and worked hard on painting after his retirement until he suffered from an eye disease. Lately, he is making a photo book to include all his works. I was well-motivated and inspired by his effort as a self-taught artist.
Street View in Sengawa, ink on paper, 24.2 x 27.2 cm ⇔ Magazine: 28.4 x 21.4 cm
世田谷ライフmagazine (Setagaya Magazine), 57 (2016)
Publisher: 枻出版社 (Yi)
Size: 128 p
The participant handed me this magazine with the intention to introduce me to Sengawa and the nearby town.
City in the Darkness, ink on paper, 28 x 29 cm ⇔ Soy beans (福豆) (x2): 38g
Manufacturer: 森八 (Moribachi).
It is a sharing of Japanese taste.
Aoki Sang the Sushi Chef, pencil on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm ⇔ T-shirt: XL (Cotton)
⇔ Jacket: M
The jacket was from the Tsukiji market festival.
⇔ Magnet (x6): 1 x 2 x 0.9 cm
⇔ Shopping bag: 45 x 45 cm (Cotton)
I met the participant in the sushi shop where he worked. I was inspired to draw him a portrait while looking at him making sushi. The items from him were the best souvenirs to remember such experience.