With my work I try to represent the emotions in this world. The sadness, anger and the dark emotions that can’t be described by words. When I tried to shape those directly, it took the form of a person naturally. The pieces are not supposed to be practical tools but rather a medium to representing who I am. I craft those to grow closer to people’s hearts.
In addition to restoring pieces using traditional Japanese lacquer techniques and materials, Gen Saratani adds a new chapter in the history of Japanese lacquerware with his innovative designs. His life experiences and studies all across Austria, Japan, and the United States have now brought him to New York, more passionate for both modern and traditional lacquerware than ever.
As an artist, he aims to not only popularize lacquerware, but also breathe new life into damaged or discarded lacquerware through careful restoration.
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