Japanese Lathe Artist Satoshi Fujinuma was visiting the ANU School of Art in August and while he was in the region he stopped by to say hi and show us his amazing work. We are privileged and very happy to have four pieces of his work on display and for sale.
Satoshi Fujinuma is a Japanese based wood artist. He has had a life long interest in the natural world, initially graduating from a environmental chemistry degree. It was by chance, in 1993, that Fujinuma saw woodturing while traveling in New Zealand. From 1996 he begun his self education and exploration into wood as a artistic medium. From there he began to create object in wood to express nature.
“Satoshi Fujinuma is a natural surrealist, combining a fascination with creatures of the world with abstraction, while finding beauty in what most would find repulsive.” – Kevin V. Wallace
I have a strong interest in "nature".
When I am in the nature , I pay detailed attention to nature by using all senses, vision, hearing, and smell, Then I come across " something unique." and am surprise "what is that ?" and "why ?" .
I am overjoyed by finding something I had never seen before or by stimulation of intellectual desire.
I like to create art by using " what is this? " and "why?" in nature as my inspiration.
Nature has pattern and regularity. However, there are some inconsistency and irregularity. That's where I find beauty.
I am especially interested in plants and animals of nature. And I study them closely in depth. That's when I find interesting shapes and patterns.
I rebuild these images in my memory together to create my sculpture .
You will not find the exact same thing in nature as I create .
My art is abstract but realism abstract art .
What that means is ....
I make something that doesn't exist.
But you will think my art as if it could exist or you had seen it somewhere before.
I think that sense can stimulate the synapse of the memory of the people.
I explain this as “Biomimetic Expression.
I want people to pick up my art in hand and look from every direction. Just like the way I do in the nature.