- Visual Artist
- London via Tokyo
CF: who is Kenjonson? how would you define yourself as an artist?
I can probably say my artwork doesn’t feel like artwork for me. more than art, it’s really more of a personal diary, a way of meditating, or like a method of self-dialogue. Actually, I would love to bring my works to a doctor or a psychologist one day, maybe he or she can figure out what it all means!
CF: tell us a bit about your art. how did it all begin and what were you early influences? why have you chosen paper cutting as a means to express your ideas?
I got involved in the process of making a book 5 years ago. The book is about how to make the Japanese symbols known as “kamon” by cutting paper. I was cutting samples for a photo shoot. After the project finished, I realized that the time spent cutting paper was very comfortable and healthy for me. So I started cutting paper and creating my own artworks.
“I would love to bring my works to a psychologist one day, maybe they can figure out what it means!”
CF: what is the arts scene like in Japan? there’s obviously a big focus on graphic and industrial design, but what about other art-forms such as yours?
I must say I don’t know the Japanese art scene very well. I guess Japan has lot of potential artists (also lots of art students), but perhaps Japan alone is not a big enough market for art. I actually know quite a few artists, but it’s very difficult to survive by doing only art. I would like to be able to change this…
CF: if you could soundtrack your work, what would you choose?
Here’s a few examples for you to listen to, otherwise you can find me listening to radio…
CF: what is your favorite thing about living in London?
Cafes in the morning and pubs at night!
CF: how would you like to see your art evolve in the future? are there any other techniques or formats you would like to explore further?
I am very happy as long as I can keep cutting, I want to try cutting on bigger pieces of paper one day soon.