How precisely do I memorise what I have seen in my life?
The answer became clear while I was painting. When I found that I couldn’t materialise “what I had seen” – or “what I had perceived visually” – exactly as it was in my paintings, I realised what a shaky world I live in – the world in which I only roughly perceive things around me and call it my own “memory”. The more we depend on our vision as a source of information, the more unreliable the information becomes.
I have painted various human figures in my art career. I have also faced them as part of a shaky scenery that cannot be fully reproduced.
Nowhere can I find the outline that can be traced. In such a shaky condition, I “memorise” everybody equally, including the figure of a yokozuna sumo wrestler whom I watched on TV last night and the face of my school friend whom I haven’t seen for many years.

– 2021.09.15