2016年9月5日月曜日


Space Artist

Mr. Tomotsugu Nakamura


 


Can you tell me your background and the reason to become a space artist?

I am from Amagasaki-city, Hyogo prefecture. After graduating college, I had worked as a manager at the clothing company and experienced VMD and buying. After leaving this company, I worked under Mr. Satoshi Kawamoto, a plant artist who runs “Green Fingers” (ten shops both in Japan and New York). When he first announced the open spot for the assistant through the Instagram, I immediately made a phone call and run to meet him. Because of him, I was able to be involved into the plants so I sincerely appreciate it.


Honestly speaking, I was more interested in his way of life and sensibility rather than plants for the first period. As through the training under him as an assistant, I was very impressed to see the changes with plants in the space. It even motivated me to make something myself.





Later, I went to the plants school and observed biology in the uninhabited island. Then I chose to create my own business. Now I am mainly creating something based on the message form the space using the technique of installation with plants and flowers, decorating space and gardens.


 



What is the difference between installation and landscape gardening as for the way to show to the audience?



There is no difference in two things regarding the way to display.


However, you can enjoy the changes of time course in the landscape gardening. On the other hand, it becomes more important to enjoy the moment of surprise and strong impact on the installation. Since it is only a limited time, I always think about how much impression I can deliver for just once.





I always start from hearing form the customers when I start making a piece. The ideal total output is about 120%, and the repartition is 100% from the client and the lest of 20% from me. I can provide even more surprise with my essence based on the opinions from the clients.


 

What point do you care about when you hear from the clients?



I think it is very important to understand the background when I create something. Why do you want to make this? What is possible to do with this piece? Who and how do you want them to feel? I enjoy providing happiness to the audience through my art.


 



How do you feel when you are working with plants around you?



I sincerely appreciate for the plants which make possible for me to express myself. So it is more like thanking them rather than just use as a tool. There are many types and characters of plants and flowers, and I strongly feel adding and arranging my skill as an artist on their lives to make them stand out.


 

What is your benchmark as for a beauty?



Perhaps something goes right to my heart? Or it might be something leading to the beauty after fighting myself. I think the benchmarks are different depending on the people, but for me, it is a splash or exciting feeling as if running into my heart.


Moreover, it might be the time when I was able to understand artist’s negative feeling like struggle and arduousness through the art.


 



How do you understand Japanese art?



There are many talented artists in Japan. However, their ability including me of publicity and directing a message to the public is still weak compare to the overseas. It is important to connect with the people to continue working as an artist.





I visited Matsumoto to see the flower producers. There are no occasions to recognize flower producers’ face at all in our life. I have listened to their thoughts and visited their greenhouses. Their personalities were definitely in each flower and greenhouse.  I would like to deliver their thoughts with flowers to the audience.





How would you like to incorporate with your art after understanding producers’ thoughts?



I would like to add additional explanations when audience asked me about my piece.


For example,


Audience: “Why do you choose this color and flower?”


I: “Because of producer’s thought ・・・


In this way, the art itself will be able to have stories behind and audience will enjoy the piece.





How do you enjoy plants and flowers in your daily life?



I display some plants in my room and give flowers as a present.


I want make people around me happy.





What would you like to challenge next?






I want to create more smiles in people. It would be best if people glance at my piece and smile or it could be a topic of conversations. If I shall describe myself just one word, “honesty”. I would like to continue facing to all the things and people with honest mind.


 

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