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星野 美津子《風と松》アーティスト・ステートメント

Artist's Statement for The Wind and the Pine Trees by Mitsuko Hoshino

星野 美津子《風と松》アーティスト・ステートメント

(English follows after Japanese)















風は呼吸、松は身体、ドローイングは交感の軌跡 – この展覧会では、二つのドローイングシリーズを展示します。ひとつは風に揺れる松に向き合って描いたもので、もうひとつは、風に吹かれて地面に散らばる松葉(抑圧や戦争の戦禍によって離散した人間にもどこか似ている)からインスピレーションを得て生まれた Needle Trace です。


星野 美津子





In the garden of the house where I live, two large pine trees, each fully grown, are standing side by side. The wild pines, which must have taken root here long before the area became residential, are now taller than the house and stand somewhat uncomfortably close it, just out of reach of my hand touching high in the canopy from a balcony. On sunny days, squirrels and birds visit the twin pines incessantly, chasing and leaping about.


The pines sway their spindly branches in the slightest breeze and they dance a wild and crazy dance on stormy nights – then tranquilly as they catch the rain that seeps into their bark…


It was already a long time ago when I first read Tove Jansson’s short story ‘The Bays’ (in the book titled ‘Sculptor’s Daughter’, which is a collection of her autobiographical short stories), the final section features a pine tree in a strong wind and a girl (the author), hiding in the tree to be blown about by the wind together with the tree. This autobiographical story strongly moved me, as it overlapped with layers with my own childhood memories of growing up by the sea with windswept Japanese coastal pines.


The pine cones are green and very hard.

My feet are brown.

The wind is blowing right through my hair.

–––Tove Jansson, ‘Sculptor’s Daughter’, Schildts Förlag Ab


The view from the windows of my studio, with the familiar thick trunks of these two pine trees with their branches spreading out and swaying incessantly at the ends, and with their abundance of tightly bundled pine needles, gives me a peculiar sensation that overlaps with all the ‘pine trees’ in my distant memory, transcending time and space; as if the little girl – this time me – was again hiding quietly in the thicket of branches. Tove Jansson’s experience might also have happened to when I was a child, and with this ‘me’ of today, we are together enveloped in the same universe.


Wind is breath, pine trees are the bodies, drawings are the traces of communication. In this exhibition, I present two series of drawings. The first was made facing the pine trees swaying in the wind, and the second is ‘Needle Trace’, inspired by the pine needles blown by the wind to be scattered on the ground in groups and patterns [resembling humans displaced by the ravages of oppression or war].


Mitsuko Hoshino


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