Noriko Maeda

 

 

In a world where so many vastly different perspectives coexist, where each person possesses a unique constellation of values and expressions with which to give body to their daily experience, we often find ourselves at disparate ends of the spectrum: unable to communicate with each other. Even with the cloud of information that surrounds us, and the increasingly rapid pace at which these connections bring us closer to one another, both the physical and emotional gaps that separate us seems to expand just as rapidly.

 

In moments  such as these I see a great resurgence towards the meaning of language. When we find ourselves with so much information at our fingertips, it is now more important than ever to grasp what each of these pieces mean,  and to find in them an expression of our own personal positions.

 

As a calligrapher, my art is to embody the multiplicity of meanings that reside within language through each stroke of the brush. Every word has a resonance, and movement. Every character has its own gravitational point, which draws meaning into itself and projects its own force of meaning outward to those things which surround it. The art of the calligrapher is not, as might be expected, to clearly and directly prescribe the full meaning of a given word or character: this gives all of the weight of meaning over to the past. The meaning of a word, or of a work of art is never, in itself, fully complete. The language we use always finds itself in the precarious position of waiting on the future to provide it with new and unimaginable interpretations: to fill in the gaps in its meaning.  With calligraphy, I am able to communicate my own personal take on the expression, while leaving traces of incompletion--gaps in meaning-- which leave the work open towards its many layers of future meaning.

 

In order to move ourselves forward, we must understand our engagement with the past as well as our openness towards the future. As a calligrapher, my work aims to reveal this inherent richness of language. The ability of a word’s meaning to grow and expand in time is primordial, and more essential than ever in our own digital age. 

 

 


現代社会は、あふれるほどの情報に囲まれている。
多種多様な観点や価値観が生まれ、それと同時に、
物理的、感情的な解釈のギャップも生じる。
情報社会と言われる現代において、
言葉の意味を把握し、自分自身の内に定義する重要性が問われる。

 

書を通して目指すところは、
言葉や文字に確固たる解釈を持ち、
言葉や言語が持つ意味を筆のタッチで表現し、
言葉や言語に響きや動きを見つけ、
言葉や言語の持つ重心や方向性を引き出すことにある。
また、余白や行間にも秘めた意図をこめることにある。

 

デジタル化された現代社会においてこそ、
書家として目指すところは、
過去から今へ、今から未来へと、時空を超えた
言葉や文字の妙味を作品に表現することにある。