Million years Sake cup and Dancing sea breamsSky of Water・Gloss of drops
The plants spread their countless number of leaves to try to absorb the sunlight that they so desire. The fishes reflect the sunlight that penetrates into the water and try to blend into the water. There is also one turtle drying his shell by laying on a rock with its arms and legs floating in the air. The sun shines brightly down onto everything. For nature, this is just the way things are. For human beings, the sun that shines down on us is "brightness" itself. You could even say that it's a memory of beauty where you yourself are filled with "brightness". And at times for people like us who live in this complicated modern world, it is the perfect "breather" and/or "encouragement to keep on going". Even if it is just faint sunshine that filters through the foliage, we people hold it dearly in our hearts as a warm memory while living our everyday lives.
In this exhibition, the sun shines brightly down onto the clouds in the sky, into the water of the open sea, onto the waves on the water's surface, onto the trees in the mountains, and into the droplets of water in the waterfalls. Tetsuya Nagata's "wagashi" art world is comprised of the wooden wagashi molds that have been actually used throughout the years and the traditional handmade Japanese paper <Nishi-no-uchigami>. The shapes of celebrations throughout various eras that have been gathered from all over Japan and the works of art that are expressed through the texture of white warmly shining Japanese paper with light shining through draws out the memories that have been carved into the soul of the viewer.