Metal craft artist Maiko Wada
I mainly make small art objects of bugs etc., using metal.
The theme when producing my artworks is "collection (蒐集)." It is similar to the feeling of excitement when bringing home small rocks or wood that you find in your walks, and displaying them at your windows, or when filling your shelves and glass cases with bugs or dried flowers.
Collecting is an act that greatly reflects the inside of a person. What you decide as your theme, and the difference in each person's taste effects the final picture of the collection. Artworks are referred to as mirrors reflecting the producer, and I try to express my own world as if making a museum, with constant production (=collection.)
My artworks are usually made by using metal, and my most commonly used method is a metalwork technique called "openwork."
1) I draw patterns on a plate of metal
2) Drill holes between lines
3) Thread the holes with a fret saw and cut out the patterns
Metal is a material with strength and flexibility, so it is possible to process delicate cuts on thin plates. I express delicate patterns and decaying fragility of nature by using this method. Also, I sometimes use different materials according to the colors and textures I want to express.
Art is inseperably bound up with material and technique. Things made by hand using natural materials are artifact but somewhat organic, and has an atmosphere of a "boundary between natural and artificial things." I always produce and study materials and methods, feeling a unique attraction to the vague atmosphere. I will be delighted if my artworks will be displayed on window frames, shelves or walls just like placing small things picked up during walks.
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