My work is inspired by things that show the passage of time and their histories with external stimulus such as layers in canyons accumulated and exposed over many years, weathered abandoned buildings, re-pasted and faded advertisement posters on city walls, a squashed can in a road, layered paints peeling off of a wall, and so on. These visual elements grab my attention because I love imagining what caused those physical changes. The quotidian objects have inadvertently become mysterious looking things with beautiful textures and compositions. These visual encounters influence my aesthetic sense and concepts in my work. Clay that has formed over time in a stratum of the earth and then was dug up to become a glazed art piece in a kiln, bears conceptual resemblance to the aforementioned.


Toshiaki Noda