I died once, late in 2001, so I try to do as much as I can with the days now. I try not to waste the time that I have left. Most of my time is spent making art.
Immediately after dying, I went and spent 11 years painting in rural parts of Japan. Now I do it here. When the weather is good and it feels as though it is nice to be alive, I paint landscapes outside. These are: confident, colorful things that try to capture the essence of the time in those places: breezes blowing, bees buzzing, so many small things are happening during these teeming moments of illusory quiet... I try to draw attention to them, because moments are all that any of us get.
When it’s too cold, too wet, too dark outside, I tend towards Illustrations and sculptures of animals/ other interesting creatures – things you cannot expect to see often. I like to depict vulnerable protagonists who are about to meet their end, things being destroyed or devoured by more menacing things. Anything can end, at almost any time. I hope that through my art I can remind people of this. I’d like to help us all appreciate these moments that we get.