During a 4 month residency in Kyoto, I researched and explored the city using drawing. The following Italo Calvino’s quote serves this process well.
New to the city, I am still at the stage where everything I see has a value precisely because I don’t know what value to give it…. When everything finds an order and a place in my mind then I will start not to see any more what I am seeing. Because seeing means perceiving differences, and as soon as differences all become uniform in what is predictable and every day, our gaze simply runs over a smooth surface devoid of anything to catch hold of. Travelling does not help much in understanding but it does serve to re-activate for a second the use of our eyes…
This book alongside further collections of drawings and small sculptures were included in Residents exhibition at Kyoto Art Centre. 2008
Double page 100cm x 50cm
The Yamashita Family
Royal College of Art
Kyoto City University of Arts