Six questions for
Hajime Kimura

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Hajime Kimura.

Artist Hajime Kimura
Lives in Tokyo, Japan

How do you describe your own art practice?

I am interested in incorporating concepts and things that are difficult to define into visual-based works. For example, even the things that form our society, what clearly exists in physical form or reality, are different from what we call “atmosphere” or “thoughts” that are perceptible vary widely. I am interested in visualizing such ambiguous definitions through the social motifs of the moment.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I have been working on a theme of memory and the uncertainty of memory for the past few years. At first, I have tried to embody this theme with my family and the events around me. At present, I am considering the authenticity and ambiguity of other people’s memories that have nothing to relate with my own family or personal events, and the way history is formed from the accumulation of these personal memories.

What was your first experience with art?

I just bumped into an art work series at MOMA in 2009. I didn’t know who’s the author. But what I realized to remember after a while, that is only work which is still lingering in my deep mind. The author name is Jacob Lawrence, the title is “The Migration Series”

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

In a word, curiosity and imagination are my sources of inspiration. I am currently interested in the fragments of my memories that begin in my childhood and somehow remain with me today, as well as the conventions of the communities, large and small, that exist in the world and the way people behave within those communities.

What do you need in order to create your work?

What is important to me for creating process is resourcefulness so to speak. What I have in mind in the early stages of creation, usually they change during the process, and I often accept this and rely on my intuition as I move forward.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Not might be in recent, but I had a chance to see a work of Tomás Saraceno about 4 years ago in Germany. Although the work was famous, I didn’t know that. The work is “The Spider Sessions”. I was blown down by this including its context.

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