Many of my sculptures represent two forms pulling away from, or compressing against, each other. They act as metaphors for human relationships that are based on impending separation or forced attachment. Many people find the development of relationships to be a source of anxiety, and I attempt to express this interactive struggle through the physical movement of the clay.
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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