Miwa Komatsu’s Art Imbued with a Prayer for Humanity

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We present to your attention an interview with a wonderful talented artist.We are sure that a sincere conversation with the artist allows you to understand her work better and deeper.
  • How can you describe yourself in two words?
    I described myself “A” because “A” is always the beginning.
Solo Exhibition at Taro Okamoto museum
This artwork entitled “Next Mandala – The Great Harmonization”
  • What qualities do you think an artist should have?

If there are 100 artists, there are 100 colors of personality, so it may be difficult to define the qualities of an artist. However, I believe that being able to imagine the pain and suffering of others as if it were your own is an important quality. Until now, I have been learning about peace in Hiroshima. It may have been difficult for me to fully understand the suffering of the atomic-bomb survivors, as I did not directly experience the war.

However, using learning and my imagination, then using this to inform my work, the outcome could be interpreted as a prayer for peace. I was taught that this is a role of an artist.

  • You have already achieved a lot in your profession, has popularity changed you?

Now, I feel the greatness of my parents even more. I am a small human being, and I am powerless in the face of great nature.

In any business, there are turning points. What were yours?

I think it was around 30 years old.  I quit my part-time job and finally I was able to make a living from painting alone.

  • What prevents you from living, and what helps?
    What helps is to pray to God. I am saved by believing that every unreasonable injustice has a meaning and that everything is a given test.
  • What are you dreaming about?

My dream is that there will be no discrimination for people, animals, fish, insects, all living things, and all living things with the same soul will be in great harmony.

  • How did you get your first success?

What makes you successful? What is success? The past is all a process, and can it be called a success? I think that the true success is to die without any regrets.

  • How much time do you devote to creativity?
    I devote my whole time to creativity because the very essence of my life informs the making of my work.
  • How do you deal with work-life balance as an artist?

Daily meditation and prayer keep me in balance.

  • Does art help you in other areas of your life?

In the past, there was a time when I was unable to go to school. During that difficult period, my mother took me to the museum. She collected many flyers for me so I could draw whatever I wanted on them. Art saved me during my adolescence. The experience became my treasure.

  • Do you have your own motto?

You are the only one who can protect your sensitivity. So wake up you fool!

  • Please explain the art processing and intention of creating artwork.

It’s about not showing my ego as much as possible. I don’t think I need my own heart or feelings in drawing. I get a lot of images by getting rid of evil and getting out of myself. It is the same act as meditation.

  • What would you never do in your life?

Not cherish the life that was given to me by God.

  • How do you feel about charity and are you ready to part in aid projects?

Yes, I think it’s important. Because I believe art is medicine for the mind and soul.

I believe the most important thing to cherish is not ‘Great Acceleration’ but ‘Great Harmonization’. An idea that will lead to saving the earth for all living things, so that they are in harmony with each other, not competing for profit and material possession.


Information:

Joshibi College of Art and Design (Tokyo, Japan)

2002-2004

Born in Sakaki (Nagano Japan)

1984

2016Permanent display of “The Origin of Life” at the World Trade Center
2015Permanent display of “Gurdian Lion Dog : Heaven and Earth” at the British Museum
2015RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 : Gold Medalist
2014Izumo Oyashiro (Izumo Taisha) “Shin-Fudoki” exhibit dedication
2013Prix Canson : World`s Best 39 Finalist
2005Joshibi College of Art and Design : Best Design Award

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