Stationery shops place a small memo pad at their pen sales corner so that people can try out a pen. I have collected many of such memo pads in several cities and countries. They have an infinite number of test-writings, graffiti and random letters written by the hands of various people all of which are my motifs, and therefore my works are reproductive arts of these test-writings. 


The lines of hand-writings are not meant to be shown to anyone, not careful and free as a bird, consisting of some beautifully written words and some unsteady lines. There are lines avoiding or crossing others’ lines, fast lines and slow ones, and ink bleeds. They appear to me like the movements of people in the crowded place of a town, a narrow pathway or an empty space such as a station terminal. To me, these memo pads filled with test-writings are exciting materials full of the elements and afterimages of urban scape. 


In my art works, I reconstitute those lines, letters and graffiti on the canvas while reproducing them in oil. I do not use collected memo pads with mixing them up but organize them by city, producing only one art work for one city. I overlap lines in my reproductive art works while holding the image of constituting a picture of London using hand-writings collected in London and drawing Tokyo using the lines collected in Tokyo. I find it fun if such accumulated lines casually left by people coming and going are gradually seen as a picture of some kind which potentially expresses their town.