For me, decoration is a more eloquent expression of feelings than words. By impromptu transforming the energy swirling in my mind into decoration, I give form to my own chaotic and indescribable feelings. My decorations are a mixture of human, animal, plant, and inorganic forms because I consider all to be equal and the same. In Japan, there is a myth that intertwine gods, animals, and plants, and in Buddhism there is the teaching “Buddhist nature dwells in all beings”. This idea of empathy for all things unconsciously appears in my decoration and teaches me that even I bear a history. Since prehistoric times, people have expressed the state of the world, nations, and individuals through their decorations, passing them on to future generations as “proof” that they existed.
My “proof of living in the present” is recorded in my impromptu and diverse decorations.
Shao Ting Ju
fryer of Ibaraki ceramic art museum