Tokyo wild – The world feels safer, 2018
Synthetic polymer paint, assorted papers, lino cut and collagraph prints, oil pastel, frottage, pigmented ink and matte varnish on stretched linen.
150 x 200cm
Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.
Inspired by a wild pot collection greenspace/garden I saw while walking along the Zempukuji River path. The title – The world feels safer, came after conversations with studio visitors about these plant pot collections I had seen. In conversation I was told that the metropolitan government supported their existence; with pot plants requiring regular watering, it is thought to encourage community cohesion and reduce criminal activity with people present outdoors tending them. What struck me is that these green spaces exist where there is no soil – only concrete/bitumen and potted soil, no roots in the ground.