My drawings form the basis of my artworks for to embody my vitality.

The trigger was the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in 2011. I was faced with an impossible scale of death. I quickly grabbed the pen to confront with my own life. My hand kept drawing while counting small ■, and I couldn’t stop. The number of ■ was about 540,000. The accumulation of ■ drawn by human hands fluctuated slightly, and I felt that I was alive.

I got two questions. What is alive? What made me keep drawing so far?

I experienced the inner world of all emotions, sensations, mental states, and thoughts while drawing hundreds of thousands of ■. I decided to face this question by diving into the world, transforming what I encountered into creativity and putting it on the freehand line. Currently, there are hundreds of drawings.

Series of “Squares”