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Kanan Sugiyama

Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Arts

Master's degree (2022)


The aspect of life as a single line of birth and death, and the aspect of life as a situation in the great cycle that transcends individual life. focus on "praying" as a motif that connects these two views of life.

Thinks of "praying" as the act of an individual life thinking about something beyond individual life, and believes that in this state of "praying," it's possible for an individual life to forget that it is an individual life while still being an individual life.
In his book "Métamorphoses", Emanuele Coccia redefines "I" in relation to all living and inanimate things, including non-humans. He rethinks "I" not as an individual living being, but as part of "a life" that has no boundaries.
This is an idea very close to the Eastern philosophy represented by the Kegon Sutra, which states that "the One is all things and all things are also the One".
Japanese gardens, based on the idea of Zen and other Eastern philosophies, use natural objects to express a mental space similar to that expressed in ink and wash paintings.
If we consider the expression of mental space with natural objects as an attempt to connect the inside and the outside, it is possible to think of Japanese gardens as an attempt to connect the inner world of individual life to a larger cycle that transcends the inner world.

The works on the theme of "Praying" and "Circulation" will be exhibited in a single space, and through soft connections between the works, a single mental space will emerge. However, the mental space referred to here does not indicate a closed inner world. The motifs used in the works, such as the sun, stars, clouds, cities, and birds, are connected to the actual sun, stars, clouds, cities, and birds. The works are developed as a state of connection between the inner world of individual life and the larger circulation beyond, as in a Japanese garden.


東京藝術大学大学院美術研究科 先端芸術表現専攻修了(2022)



第70回 東京藝術大学卒業・修了作品展(2022)












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