What is integral to the work of an artist?
I find to enjoy the process of making art is integral to work as an artist. Sometimes being an artist can be very stressful especially before the exhibitions, but I can face the stress because I enjoy the process.
What has been a seminal experience which has influenced your work?
My practice is influenced by Shinto Animism, which is a Japanese indigenous religion. The influence of these beliefs can be seen in Japanese everyday customs. I have been living in Australia for the past 10 years, however I still remember these cultural differences and they inspire my art.
My cat Cinnamon also takes a big part in my practice. The cat is a half domesticated and half wild animal. He gives me an opportunity to experience nature in different ways.
What did winning the Sainsbury Award mean to you?
The Sainsbury Sculpture Award has given me the opportunity to have Fayen d'Evie as my mentor. We'll be working together later this year. She is the Director of 3-Ply, an independent publishing initiative that focuses on publication, writing and editing as an extension of art practice. Fayen will be assisting me to improve my creative writing skills and expand my reflection on integration of language as part of my installations. I'm developing a new body of work that investigates the dialogue between language and installation. She will also assist me in developing a long-term structure for my own practice. The Sainsbury Award provided me the ideal opportunity to advance my technical skills in creative writing.
Is there a piece of advice or some information you wish you had when you started your working life as an artist?
Not really, I'm grateful for all the experiences and knowledge I gained through working as an artist and I wouldn't understand it without actually going through difficulties.