Design calligrapher Ai Suzuki - JCAT



  • Ai Suzuki
    Since Ai Suzuki was young, she’s loved to daydream. Whenever she saw a beautiful sky or flower or bird or little bug, she made space for it in her imagination and made up a simple story about it to amuse herself. She also enjoyed recalling the strange landscapes she encountered in her dreams. Things are no different for her today. Her creative work, which mainly involves stylized use of the calligraphy brush, is her way of expressing the shapeless images of her imagination and the thoughts and feelings we can’t see. In 2003 she began her career as a freelance calligrapher, and her first gig was the logo for the retail outlet of a sake manufacturer. She wound up securing a private show in a gallery connected with the store, and in 2004 began to first produce more artistic creations, which she continues to produce with a strong momentum. She draws influence from things like the beauty of nature, the way a song echoes in our hearts, and the grace of an athlete striding across the field. Excluding her commissioned pieces, all of her work is created for purely personal reasons, but in her mind there’s nothing better than if a person sees one of her pieces at a show and can’t help feeling healed, or humored, or energized. Her main tools are a brush (of animal hair), ink (soot and isinglass), an inkstone (made of rock), and paper (made from mulberry and other plants). All these materials are natural, meaning their production can’t be totally influenced by humans. Ai values this aspect of her materials and tries to follow their natural rhythms. She follows other natural rhythms in her schedule, working only in the two weeks between the new moon and the full moon. She earnestly believes that script is a vehicle for our thoughts, and so she only completes her projects on days when she feels a perfect balance between body and soul.

  • 鈴木愛は、小さな頃から空想が大好きで、美しい空・花・鳥・小さな虫を見て様々なイメージを膨らませ簡単なお話を作って遊んだり、眠っている時に見た不思議な夢の世界を思い出しては楽しんでいた。それは大人になった今も変わらず、頭の中でイメージした形のないもの・目には見えない思いを表現するために、筆文字を用いた創作活動を行っている。2003年にフリーランスのデザイン書道作家として活動を始め、初仕事となったのは日本酒酒造会社の店舗ロゴ。その店舗に併設されていたギャラリーで個展を行うことが決定し、2004年に初めてアート作品の創作を始める。自然が見せる美しさや心に響く音楽、アスリートが躍動する姿などから受けるすべての感動を原動力に作品を生み出している。お客様からご依頼をいただき作成する作品は別として、個展などで発表するアート作品は自分自身の為に描くものであるが、結果的にその作品が誰かの心に響き、その方の傍で癒しや楽しさや元気を届けることができるならこれ以上の幸せはないと考えている。道具となる筆(動物の毛)・墨(すすと膠)・硯(岩)・紙(楮などの植物)は全て自然の恵みで出来ており人間がコントロール出来る素材ではない為、自らが自然のリズムに乗って作品を仕上げることを大切にしている。アート作品を仕上げる期間は新月から満月の2週間。文字に思いが宿ることを信じ、心と体の状態がベストな日にのみ作品を完成させている。


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